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Full text of "Proceedings, 1989"

The 62nd National FFA Convention 



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Index 


14 


Agriscience Student Recognition 


14 


Agriscience Teacher of the Year 


23 


Alumni 


16 


American FFA Degrees 


10 


Band 


25 


Building Our American Communities 


26 


Business 


24 


Career Show 


11 


Chorus 


27 


Committee Reports 


20 


Computers in Agriculture 


13 


Contests 


26 


Delegates 


19 


Distinguished Service Citations 


21 


Extemporaneous Speaking Contest 


31 


FFA Leadership 


22 


Honorary American FFA Degrees 


9 


International 


18 


National FFA Foundation 


32 


National Officer Candidates 


9 


National Chapter Awards 


32 


New National Officers 


20 


Prepared Public Speaking Contest 


12 


Proficiency Awards 


30 


Retiring Address 


25 


Safety Awards 


15 


Stars Over America 


11 


Talent 


21 


VIP Citations 




David Tometich will not soon forget his two days of convention glory. 
Less than 24 hours after he was named Star Agribusinessman of 
America, his name was annouced as the national winner of the Agricultural 
Sales and/or Service proficiency award. 



Several hundred young entertainers found convention 
week to be a chance for growth through the national 
band, chorus and talent programs. The hours of rehearsal 
were long, yet the payoffs became apparent when the gifted 
students stood before their peers to perform. 



Final registration figures totalled 23,764, and between se 
sions, hotel elevators, restaurants and sidewalks were 
jammed with excited FFA members, enpying their stay in 
the citv. 





Looking as much like brothers as a national officer team, the six 
officers presented a well-received vespers program on Wednesday 
evening. From left, top row, Brad Chambliss, Jaye Hamby and Jeff 
Isom. Bottom row, Warren Boerger, Dana Soukup and )eff Johnson. 





Like clockwork it began. As if on cue, the 
ritual known a^the National FFA 
Convention took shape. Workers hoisted 
in place the giant stage curtains and FFA 
emblems to transform the Municipal Auditorium arena 
into a panorama of blue and gold. National officer candi- 
dates anxiously paced the halls outside their interviewing 
room while soon-to-be retired officers completed last- 
minute details in their Allis Plaza hotel rooms. Chorus, 
band and talent members spent hours in rehearsal, perfect- 
ing their numbers. And, across the land, FFA members 
began their journeys to Kansas City. 

The hours flew swiftly by as FFA staff and convention 



managers made last-minute preparations. National 
Agricultural Career Show exhibitors readied their display 
booths. Official delegates diligently studied committee 
assignments and debated constitutional issues. As the 
sunlight faded on Wednesday and the lights of Kansas City 
twinkled on, eager throngs of FFA members gathered for 
the vespers program and their first chance to see and hear 
the officers, chorus and talent in action. 

On Thursday's opening tap of the gavel, an appreciative 
audience of students, teachers, moms, dads, business 
leaders and proud supporters of the organization watched 
a program unfold that was based upon time-honored 
traditions and once-in-a-lifetime special occurrences. 

Continued on pg 5 



These are times 
to remember. 




With a 16mm film camera on his shoulder, Tim 
Martin of Venard Films documented the week 
for the new convention film, which will be released 
in spring 1990. The film will include footage from 
four conventions — 1986 through 1989 — and is 
sponsored by CIBA-GEIGY Corporation. 





Intensity built quickly during the Wednesday afternoon business 
session as delegates debated controversial constitutional amend- 
ments: delegate reapportionment and American FFA Degree 
requirements. 



Debbye Turner, Miss America 1990, served as an eloquent 
spokesperson for achievement when she addressed the 
convention on Wednesday afternoon. Following her remarks, 
she signed countless autographs and delighted her many 
admirers with her affable personality. 




Jozwiak Piotr of Oploe, Poland, far right, spent his first full day in America at the FFA convention, yet he and two 
other international exchange students had their minds on events half a world away. Laszlo Szabo, center, of Szek- 
esfehervar, Hungary, and Ribor Czigany of Enying, Hungary, were in thoughtful moods as they discussed the political 
turmoil in Eastern Europe with Piotr. 

"We watched TV all night," said Szabo, referring to the opening of the Berlin Wall in East Germany. "It is a bloodless 
revolution," he said, "I think it is a historic moment." 





These are the days 
to hold on to. 




As with every other convention, the spec- 
tacle of the Stars Over America pageant, 
the thrill of the national speaking contest 
finals and the excellence of the musical per- 
formances captivated those in attendance. The national 
officers' retiring addresses, the awarding of American FFA 
Degrees and the recognition of National FFA Foundation 
sponsors once again served as a motivational force for the 
thousands who jammed Municipal Auditorium. 

Each national convention, however, develops its own 
"personality" because of the many singular events which, 
combined, make it unique. 

The 62nd convention will be remembered as the gath- 
ering at which The National FUTURE FARMER magazine 
was born anew as FFA New Horizons, as the week that 
newly designed FFA emblems first graced blue and gold 
jackets and as the occasion of William C. Moffif s 
inaugural directorship of the National FFA Band. 

For the first time, the American Royal Queen competi- 
tion was replaced by the American Royal Ambassador 
program. This new scholarship competition for young 
men and women is meant to "encourage leadership and 
community service," said Nancy Williams, spokesperson 
for the American Royal Livestock Show and Rodeo. 



Bonnie Kay Haws and Shane A. Belohrad were chosen by 
interview on Thursday and introduced at a presentation 
dinner that evening at the Doubletree Hotel. Haws, of 
Portage, Ohio, and Belohrad, of Leigh, Neb., were charged 
with representing the American Royal and FFA for one 
year. Both were awarded scholarships. 

A special treat provided early in the Thursday evening 

Continued on pg 7 

Wayne Sprick, executive director of the National Young Farmers 
Educational Association, captured the attention of four star 
candidates between interviews at the Kansas City Club Thursday. 





A man with a mission, Director William Bennett of the Office of National Drug Control Policy spoke 
earnestly with FFA members about the drug problems plaguing America. Bennett, charged with 
heading the federal war on drugs, urged the young people to avoid illegal substances and reminded 
them that no one starts out as a addict. 

This is the time 

but time is 

going to change. 

William C. Moffit and his merry band livened things up at Tuesday evening's Band, Chorus and Talent Dinner. 
During his first year as national band director, Moffit charmed the members with his dry wit and dedication to his 
craft. Moffit, who lives in Jacksonville, Fla., has more than 37 years experience directing bands and arranging music. 






Actor Ed Asner joined state secretaries, commissioners and 
directors of agriculture on stage Thursday morning and 
made brief remarks. He was in Kansas City to participate in the 
unveiling of the National Farmers Memorial at the Agricultural 
Hall of Fame. 

session was a dramatic departure in con- 
vention entertainment. A laser show, 
sponsored by ICI Americas Inc., capti- 
vated the audience with its clever graphic 
depictions of two well-known popular songs, "America" 
by Neil Diamond and "God Bless the U.S.A." by Lee 
Greenwood. With the use of smoke and lasers, the "Salute 
to FFA" program fascinated its viewers. 

Also on Thursday evening was the premiere of 
"Agriculture's New Professionals," a film produced to 
highlight and encourage agricultural careers. Sponsored by 
John Deere, the 14-minute film would be available for 
chapters to purchase or receive on free loan when they 
returned home from the convention. 



Former professional football player Terry Bradshaw served as kickoff 
speaker at Thursday morning's session. Bradshaw' s appearance was 
courtesy of H.J. Heinz Company Foundation. 



Another debut took place on Friday morning when 
three 30-second television spots for FFA premiered. Spon- 
sored by Monsanto Agricultural Company, the PSAs 
would help generate awareness and enthusiasm for the 
diverse careers in agriculture. 

A distinguished group of speakers shared their 
thoughts and insights from the lectern. U.S. Secretary of 
Agriculture Clayton Yeutter and William Bennett, director 
of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, offered FFA 
members a rare opportunity to hear firsthand the Bush 
Administration's philosophies on agriculture and drug 
policy, respectively. 

Entertaining and challenging presentations were given 
by Terry Bradshaw, sponsored by H.J. Heinz Company 

Continued on pg 8 



Clayton Yeutter, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, waved to the crowd following his 
remarks during the Friday morning session. Yeutter had just received the Honorary 
American FFA Degree. 





You've given me 
the best of you. 



Foundation; Ty Boyd, sponsored by Ford Division — Ford 
Motor Company; Robert Swan, sponsored by Amway; 
Mamie McCullough, sponsored by Farmland Industries, 
Inc. and Charles Duke, sponsored by Charles Duke Enter- 
prises. A special treat for the convention delegates was the 
appearance of Miss America 1990, Debbye Turner, made 
possible by Chevrolet. 

Many rich moments ticked by during the convention, 
but years from now, no doubt what most particpants will 



Their year of service draw- 
ing to a close, national 
officers took every opportunity 
lo demonstrate their feelings 
for each other. Following Brad 
Chambliss' rearing address, 
the other officers joined him on 
stage. 



Anew era in agriculture was unveiled Thursday morn- 
ing. Members of the FFA New Honizons committee 
held the FFA magazine name and design high for viewing by 
the arena crowd. 




remember is how this convention made them feel. 

As one former national chorus member put it: "It's been 
nearly 15 years since I sang with the chorus, but I can still 
remember the lump I had in my throat during the last 
session. Never before had I felt such a feeling of self-worth, 
such a sense of excitment about what my life might hold. 
Today, I may be 31 years old, but even if I live to be 85, 1 
will always have a little part of me that is 16 again, when- 
ever I think of my first time in a spotlight." 

Following Friday afternoon's American FFA Degree ceremony, Na- 
tional Vice President Jeff Isom gave brother Casey a hug.There was 
more cause for celebration a day later when Casey's name was called 
during the Nominating Committee report. Jeff joyfully escorted Casey 
to the stage to be installed as National Vice President of the western 
region. The last brothers to be selected as national officers were Elvin 
Caraway, 1978, and Bill Caraway, 1983. 




FFA — LEADING THE CHALLENGE 



KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI 



National Chapter Awards 



Sponsored by 
Contel Corporation 

Jackets nearly bursting with 
pride, members accepted 
national awards on behalf of 
their chapters Thursday after- 
noon. Each had earned a special 
place in the line that curled 
behind the convention stage. All 
these chapters had proven their 
excellence in carrying out a 
program of activities. 

All chapters were designated 
as gold, silver or bronze win- 
ners. First-time recipients went 
home with a plaque designating 
their standing; others received a 
spur to be affixed to the plaque 
they already had at home. 

GOLD 

ALABAMA: Jacksonville Gold 

ARIZONA: Antelope; Peoria 

CALIFORNIA: Kingsburg; Ml Whilney-Visalia 

FLORIDA: Branlord; Chiefland Senior; 

Sarasota Vo-Ag; Trenton Senior 

ILLINOIS: Amboy; Chicago Ag Science; 

Cissna Park; Sycamore 

INDIANA: Clinton Central; Woodlan 

IOWA: Buflalo Center Bison; Guttenberg; North 

Polk 

KANSAS: Clay Center; Concordia; Jackson 

Heights; Mankato; Plainville 

MAINE: Limestone 

MINNESOTA: Cannon Falls; Greenbush; New 

Ulm;Willmar 

MISSOURI: Carthage; El Dorado Springs; 

Eldon; Memphis; Owensville; Stockton; Troy; 

Union 

NEBRASKA: Blue Hill; Leigh; Norris; 

St. Edward 

NEW YORK: Chaieaugay 

NORTH CAROLINA: North Iredell: Sun Valley 

OHIO: Amanda-Clearcreek; Anna; East Clinton; 

Mississinawa Valley; New Lexington; River 

Valley; Wilmington 

OKLAHOMA: Adair; Amber-Pocasset; 

Chickasha: Chisolm; Copan; Elgin; Holdenville; 

Kingston; Konawa; Laveme; Pawnee; Ripley; 

Tipton; Wealhertord; Woodward 

SOUTH DAKOTA: Elkton 

TENNESSEE: Bartlett; Bradley; Riverside; 

White House 

TEXAS: Calallen; Iowa Park; Kingwood; 

Mansfield; Pleasanton; Robert E. Lee; Ross S. 

Sterling; Yslela 

VERMONT: Enosburg 

VIRGINIA: Broadway; Essex, James Wood; 

Spotswood; Strasburg 

WASHINGTON: Elma; Winlock 

WISCONSIN: Darlington; Denmark; Monroe 

SILVER 

ALABAMA: Daleville; Marbury 

ARKANSAS: Netlleton 

FLORIDA: Orlando-Colonial; Santa Fe 

GEORGIA: Colquitt County; Perry 

ILLINOIS: Clinton; LeRoy 

INDIANA: Benton Central; Blue River Valley; 

Carroll; Southmonl; Tipton; Western Boone 

IOWA: Algona; Aplington; Creston; Estherville; 

Linn-Mar; Manchester; Marengo 

KANSAS: Cherryvale; Corfeyville; Hill City; 

Marion/Florence 

KENTUCKY: Apollo; Breckinridge County; 

Reidland; Scott County; Spencer County 



LOUISIANA: Hathaway; Lacassine; Oak Grove 
MICHIGAN: Corunna; Laingsburg; Marshall; 
Unionville-Sebewaing Area 
MISSOURI: Chillicothe; Four Rivers 
AVTS-Washington; Hartville; McDonald County; 
Monroe City R-1; Rolla Area Vocational- 
Technical 

MONTANA: Flathead; Park City 
NEBRASKA: Grand Island Northwest; 
Verdigre; Waverty 

NEVADA: Churchill County; Ruby Mountain 
NEW HAMPSHIRE: Much-To-Do 
NEW MEXICO: Goddard, Raton 
NEW YORK: Sidney 
NORTH CAROLINA: Williams Township 
NORTH DAKOTA: Lisbon; Rugby 
OHIO: Indian Valley; Marysville; Miami Trace 
OKLAHOMA: Guthrie; Marlow; Perry; Springer; 
Tecum seh 

PENNSYLVANIA: Manheim: Twin Valley 
SOUTH CAROLINA: Dorman; 
Green Sea Floyds 

SOUTH DAKOTA: Bowdle; Menno; Roslyn 
TENNESSEE: Cherokee; Lexington; McMinn 
'County; Polk; Powell Valley 
TEXAS: Booker, Cat Farley's Boys Ranch; 
Katy; Lorena; Mission, Orange Grove 
UTAH: Bear River 

VIRGINIA: Laurel Park; Montevideo Intermedi- 
ate; Stonewall Jackson Junior; W.R. Legge 
WASHINGTON: Yelm 
WEST VIRGINA: Marion County 
WISCONSIN: Blanchardville-Pecatonica; 
Bloomer; Clear Lake; Evansville; Marshtield; 
Mauston; New Auburn; Spencer 
WYOMING: Wind River 

BRONZE 

ALABAMA: Brantley; Crossville: Ider; Long 

High; Paramont; Russellville 

ARKANSAS: Brookland; Hartford; Lavaca; 

Lonoke; Marshall; Prairie Grove; Stuttgart 

CALIFORNIA: Hanford; La Puente Valley ROP; 

Norco; Santa Rosa; Sonoma; Turlock 

COLORADO: Byers; Delta; Dolores; Haxtun; 

Hoehne; Valley 

CONNECTICUT: Northwestern, Rockville 

DELAWARE: Sussex Central 

FLORIDA: Indian River; Lalayette Senior; Lake 

Butler Junior; Lake Butler Senior; New Smyrna 

Beach Middle; Ponce de Leon Senior; West 

Orange 

GEORGIA: Franklin County High; Pelham 

IDAHO: Kuna; Meridian 

ILLINOIS: Clifton Central; DeKalb; Salem; 

Sparland; Warsaw 

INDIANA: Angola; Shenandoah; Tri High 

IOWA: Albumett; Anamosa; Harlan; Mount Ayr; 

North Fayette; North Linn; Vinton 

KANSAS: Westmoreland 

KENTUCKY: Barren County; Daviess County 

High; East Hardin; Logan County; McLean 

County; Oldham County 

LOUISIANA: Soulh Lalourche 

MARYLAND: Catoctin; Clear Spring 

MICHIGAN: Branch Area Career Center; Byron; 

Centreville 

MINNESOTA: Atwater-Grove City-Cosmos; 

Worlhington 

MISSISSIPPI: Carthage; Hamilton 

NEBRASKA: Ansley; Kimball County; Scnbner- 

Snyder 

NEW JERSEY: Allentown; Warren Hills 

NORTH CAROLINA: Chase; Forest Hills; North 

Lenoir; Southern Wayne 

NORTH DAKOTA: Bottjneau; J.E. Eastgate; 

Willislon 

OHIO: Ansonia, Bloom-Carroll; National Trail; 



Talawanda 

OKLAHOMA: Blair; Cushing; Idabel; Indianola; 

Prague; Walls: Weleetka 

OREGON: Amity; Perrydale, Yamhill-Carlton 

PENNSYLVANIA: Greenwood; Lower Dauphin; 

Northern Lebanon; Selinsgrove 

RHODE ISLAND: Scituate 

SOUTH CAROLINA: McBee; Pleasant Hill 

TENNESSEE: Doyle; Northeast, Pans; Warren 

County; Woodbury 

TEXAS: Alvm, Brownsboro, Clear Creek; Clint; 

Dayton; Dumas; Ennis; Frankston; Garland; 

Gilmer; Godley; Groesbeck; Jacksboro; 



Livingston; McGregor; Northwest; 

Raymondville; San Perlita; Soulh Garland; 

Sulphur Springs; Weslaco 

UTAH: Tooele 

VERMONT: Lake Region 

VIRGINIA: Appomattox Senior; Carroll County; 

Lee-Davis; Park View Senior 

WASHINGTON: Cathlamet; Evergreen; 

Femdale; Mountain View 

WEST VIRGINA: Ripley 

WISCONSIN: Black Hawk; Bonduel; Green Bay 

East; Janesville-Parker; Shullsburg; 

WYOMING: Chiel Washakie; Gillette 




International 



Bill Smith of Ashland-Green- 
wood, Neb., and Rainer Boyer of 
Coesfeld, West Germany, intrigued 
the convention audience on Satur- 
day morning with tales of their 
experiences as international pro- 
gram participants. What follows 
are excerpts from their texts. 

Rainer Boyer: My town is near 
Dusseldorf and three hours from 
Frankfurt. This year, I am staying 
in Lathrop, Mo., 40 miles north of 
Kansas City. 

I live with the Ed Shrewsbury 
family and now have four new 
brothers, three sisters-in-law and 
three nieces. My new family has 
made me very much a part of eve- 
rything — they even let me help sort 
and load cattle one hour after I 
arrived at the farm. The 
Shrewsbury's farm 3,500 
acres. ...The average German farm 
is 33 acres. 

...I am in the United States on a 
full scholarship funded by the 
Congress-Bundestag program, 
which is a part of FFA World Agri- 
Science Studies. The Congress- 
Bundestag works with the Carl 
Duisberg Gesellschaft (CDG) in 
West Germany and the FFA in the 
United States. The CDG is an 
organization that sends German 
students to another country to 
study. This is the third year for the 
agricultural exchange. In this 
exchange, 15 German young farm- 
ers come to America and 15 Ameri- 
cans go to Germany. These stu- 
dents must live on a farm and 
attend agricultural classes. I wish to 
thank the host families that make 
these exchange programs possible. 

Over a year ago, I sent my 
application to the CDG and took a 
test. At Christmas time, the organi- 
zation sent me the ticket to fly to 
America and let me know that I 
had won the scholarship. In April, I 
was notified about my host family. 

I think it is very good for young 
people to stay in another country. It 
is important to leam about the 



people, culture, customs and 
language. I hope that when I return 
I will have a better understanding 
of American farming and others 
will better understand Germany. 
With the knowledge gained 
through these programs, we can 
make a difference in the world. 

Bill Smith: The greatest learn- 
ing experience anyone could have 
is to leam about a different cul- 
ture — the food, the language, the 
government, the agriculture... 

Last year, on Thanksgiving 
Day, a fellow FFA member named 
Jim Brown, from Montana, and I 
were traveling back from Vienna, 
Austria, to our farm in Hungary. 
As we crossed the border, we 
found ourselves in a train station in 
a little snow-covered village. Jim 
and I had just missed the last train 
for the night and we couldn't catch 
another until the next morning at 
6:30. Having little money, we 
decided to stay in the station for 
the night. About 10 minutes later, 
forty Russian soldiers walked into 
the room. They too, had missed 
their train and had no place to go. 

1 recall how afraid Jim and I 
were. We knew that unless we said 
something right away, the entire 
night would be miserable. We had 
brought back a USA Today from 
Vienna, and we decided to hold it 
up in hopes of attracting their at- 
tention. About five seconds later, 
we peeked over the paper to see all 
80 eyes on us. 

I quickly motioned for them to 
come over; sure enough, all of them 
came dashing over. We stayed up 
all night talking. Yes, talking! You 
see, we didn't know Russian and 
they didn't speak English, but we 
all knew a fair bit of Hungarian. 
And we all learned to use a great 
deal of non-verbal communication. 
When it was time for our trains to 
leave, one of the soldiers came over 
to me and pressed this military pin 
into my hand as we shook hands 
goodbye. 



FFA — LEADING THE CHALLENGE 



KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI 



National Band 




Sponsored by 
Landmark Genetics, Inc. 
and Manna Pro 
Corporation 

Director: William Motfit 
Assislanl Director: Gene Engterth 
Chaperone assistants: Jeannette Motfit, Ed 
Schultz and Sue Beute 

ARIZONA: Nathan Haynie, St. David, Trumpet 
ARKANSAS: Harris Hopper, Royal, Trombone; 
Jennifer Lowe, Elizabeth, Flute 
CALIFORNIA: Brandy McWatters, Maxwell, 
Flute 

CONNECTICUT: Jennifer Kingslort, Rockville, 
Trumpet; Kellie Mottat, Naugatuck, Clarinet 
IDAHO: David Hansem, Oakley, Trumpet; Amy 
May, Troy, Flute 

ILLINOIS: Wendy Cherry, Stockton, Percus- 
sion; Tammy Daniels, Waterloo, Clarinet; Travis 
Mclntyre, Coulterville, Trombone; Brian 
Toberman, Nokomis, Tenor Sax; Bob Wright, 
Arrowsmilh, Electric Guitar 
INDIANA: Chris Hall, Brookston, Trombone: 
Robert Zolman, La Grange, Baritone 
Bass Class 

IOWA: Nicole Denney, Mount Ayr, Bassoon; 
Rachel Kneedler, Creslon, Alio Sax; Brenda 
Maxon, Clarion, Alto Sax; Jefl Oberholtz, 
Guthne Center, Percussion; Jon Swenson, 
Belmond, Baritone Sax; Rick Vanderflught, 
Grand River. Trumpet; Matt Weesner, Corydon, 
Trumpet 

KANSAS: Justin Jones, Wamego, Trombone; 
Todd Schmidt, Mt. Hope, Tuba; Lisa Soetaert, 
Spring Hill, Percussion; Shauna Stites, 
WaKeeney, French Horn 
KENTUCKY: Mike Camenisch, Stanford, 
Baritone Sax; Beth Jewell, Boaz, Trumpet; 



Danny Oliver, Scoltsville, Tuba 

MARYLAND: Mike Buckley, Manchester, 

Trombone; Becky Smith, Knoxville, Baritone 

Bass Class 

MICHIGAN: Stacy Beute, Belding, Trumpet; 

Scot Ralston, Akron, Baritone Bass Class; 

Rebecca Smith, Waldron, French Horn; Andrea 

Westedt, Nunica, Clarinet 

MINNESOTA: Heidi Anderson, Buffalo Lake, 

Bass Clarinet; Marie Arnold, Caledonia, Flute; 

Paula Barness, Hancock, Alio Sax; Dawn 

Bondhus, Slorden, Clarinet; Les Haack, 

Oronoco, French Horn; Jason Shippy, 

Ivanhoe, Trombone 

MISSISSIPPI: Eric Meador, Laurel, Trumpet; 

Clark Reynolds. Union, Baritone Treble Clet 

MISSOURI: Jessie Davis, Craig, Tenor Sax; 

Bobby Garrett, Sweet Spring, Trumpet; Brenda 

Jones, Chillicothe, Clarinet; Lillie Ann Pitts, 

Bronaugh, Contra Alto Class; Allen Ziebarth, 

Macon, Tuba 

MONTANA: Doug Aisenbrey, Bndger, Trumpet; 

John Dana, Anaconda, Tuba; Barry Knapp, 

Hilger, Trumpet 

NEBRASKA: Marilyn Bolli, Burwell, Flute; Julie 

Nelson, Dannebrok, Clarinet; James Pavlik, 

Verdigre, Trumpet 

NEVADA: Chester George, Winnemucca, Alto 

Sax; Leah Rawson, Logandale, Percussion 

NEW HAMPSHIRE: Peter Mahoney, West 

Nottingham, French Horn 

NEW MEXICO: Craig Bouvet, Garfield, Tuba 

NEW YORK: Shawn Renaud. Canton, Clarinet 

NORTH CAROLINA: Fred Fulkerson, Clarkton, 

Trumpet 

NORTH DAKOTA: Greg Anderson, Cummings. 

Alto Sax; Gretchen Anderson, Carrington, 

French Horn; Elizabeth Kopp, Minot, French 

Horn 

OHIO: Stephanie Barter, Oak Harbor, Clarinet; 



Carrie Coomer, Versailles, Twirler; 

Janet La Cumsky, Oak Harbor, Oboe; Karleen 

Ratclifl, Londonderry, Flute; Amy Wittman, 

Grayton, Bassoon 

OKLAHOMA: Elizabeth Crews, Holdenville, 

French Horn; Trad Edwards, Stroud, Tuba; Matt 

Gamett, Cashion, Percussion; Mami Hannah, 

Stillwater, Trumpet; Doug Kizziar, Billings, 

Trombone; Kathy Krejsek, Medfords, Flute; 

Jennifer Snow, Alva, French Horn; Matthew 

Storm, Kingfisher, Trumpet 

OREGON: Eric Smith, Independence, Tuba 

PENNSYLVANIA: Dale Heagy, Annville, 

Trombone; Tonya Scholl, Elizabethville, Clarinet 

RHODE ISLAND: Elizabeth Johnson, Exeter, 

Bass Clarinet; Seth Johnson, Exeter, Tenor Sax 

SOUTH CAROLINA: Lee Maylield, Wellford, 

Alto Sax 

SOUTH DAKOTA: Mark Gross, Bndgewater, 

Trombone 

TENNESSEE: Valerie Morgan, White House, 

Flute 

TEXAS: Kelly Baker, Pineland, Trumpet; Byron 

Cox, Grandfalls, Trombone; Jamie Dunklin, La 

Rue, Percussion; Karissa Hawkes, Houston, 

Oboe; Eric Terwilliger, Grandfalls, Trombone; 

Devinie York, Round Rock, Bantone Treble Clef 

WASHINGTON: Amie Jo Mathes, Paleros, 

Clarinet; Lome Murphy, Orondo, Flute; Pam 

Neiffer, Othello, Trumpet; Lynn Reichmann, 

Cashmere, Flute: Cheryl Lynn Van Beek, 

Othello, Bassoon 

WISCONSIN: Albert Baker, Mt. Horeb, 

Trumpet; Beth Burgy, Monticello, Bass Clarinet; 

Jeff Cutler, New London, Percussion; Ann 

Gruenberger, Campbellsport. Clarinet; Ben 

Konop, Rice Lake, Tenor Sax; Amy Lang- 

necker, Hartford, Alto Sax; Marie Lee, Elk 

Mound, Baritone Sax; Peggy Timmerman, Cuba 

City, Trombone 



The spirited National FFA Band 
proindcd a wealth of sound for conven- 
tion sessions. Todd Schmidt of Spring 
Hill, Kan., and Danny Oliver of 
Scottsmlle, Ky., top, joined other mem- 
bers from across the country to consti- 
tute the "mail-order" band. Below, the 
band raised their instruments in salute. 



That's 
Entertainment! 

Convention goers were 
astounded by the array of 
musical talent seen on stage 
at the 62nd convention. Yet, 
the young performers were 
only continuing strong tradi- 
tions established in 1932 
when Texas sent their brass 
band to the national conven- 
tion. A national band was 
created in 1947, and a na- 
tional chorus followed in 
1948. 

The processes for choos- 
ing band, chorus and talent 
members haven't changed 
much over the years. 

Band, chorus and talent 
members were selected by 
mail, with each state eligible 
to nominate students. Each 
qualified applicant submitted 
an audio tape. Band Director 
William Moffit and Chorus 
Director Stan Kingma made 
the difficult decisions for 
their respective groups. 
Because this selection took 
place months before the 
convention, members were 
able to practice their music in 
advance, leaving time in 
Kansas City to polish their 
numbers. 

The talent program, 
directed by Gary Maricle, 
held auditions in Kansas City 
for FFA members who 
wished to perform during 
sessions and at meal func- 
tions. 

For some performers, the 
convention week was a 
coveted chance to solo before 
thousands. For all, it was a 
flurry of rehearsals and 
appearances, highlighted by 
their moments under the 
spotlight. 



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KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI 



National Chorus 




Venus Campos and her national chorus counterparts brought down the housi 
stirring rendition of "The Wind Beneath My Wings" at the start of Thursday night's 
session. Campos, a second-year chorus member, first became a favorite at the 61st 
convention. 



Sponsored by 
Ford Division- 
Ford Motor Company 

Director: Slan Kingma 
Assistant Director: Owen Robbins 
Chaperones and assistants: Marilyn Kingma, 
Joe Kingma 

ALABAMA: Ronald Gatlin, Lester: Dewayne 
Owes, Thomasville: Abel Sisco, Geraldine 
ARKANSAS: Melissa Bennett, Camden: Amy 
Haid, Siloam Springs 
COLORADO: Rhonda Allen, Mancos 
CONNECTICUT: Paul Stansel, Vernon 
FLORIDA: Venus Campos, lutz: Beth Douglas, 
High Springs; Andrea Knight, Mascotte 
GEORGIA: Amy Truett, Byron 
IDAHO: Cory Bench, Oakley 
ILLINOIS: Jennifer Ash, Watseka; Vincent 
Egoll, Claytonville: Tim Marriott, Mt. Carmel; 
Andrew Maves, Peotone; Maria Poelinitz, 
Chicago; Cameron Shields, Cissna Park 
INDIANA: Greg Bauman, Berne; Jon 
Schroeder, Reynolds 

IOWA: Connie Baker, Jewell; Tracy Bowers, 
Toddville: Angie Brooks, Delmar; Debbie 
Christman, Sheldahl; Carrie Eichelberger, 
Muscatine; Scott Finn, Creslon; Stephanie 
Gray, Otley; Jason Hosch, Aplington; Jeff 
Knobloch, Alvord; Mike Koester, West Union; 
Mark Reisinger, Eldora; Jerry Rens, Larchwood; 
Tim Schnell, Cedar Rapids; Scott Wiederstein, 
Audubon; Melissa Wilder, Decorah 
KANSAS: Polly Gaines, Newton; Denoya 
Garman, Mankato; Joseph Jackson, LaCygne; 
Richard Thompson, Mankato; Jay Weers, 
Williamsburg; Kelly Wheeler, Abilene 
KENTUCKY: Beth Henderson, Irvington 
MASSACHUSETTS: Grelchen Wyckotl, 
Hopkinton 

MICHIGAN: Becky Bartow, Ossineke; Dawn 
Pritchett, Lennon; Dione Stevens, Hillman 
MINNESOTA: Kevin Johnson, Storden; 



Reed Peterson, Danvers; Brent Snyder, 

Campbell 

MISSOURI: Ron George, Bolivar; Matt Gotorth, 

Butler; Melissa Grooms. Couch; Cindy Harkins, 

Hate; Christi Hutt, Sparta; John Irwin, Bois 

d'Arc; Leslie Matter, Marshall; Walter Miller, 

Arbela; Lynette Phillips, Liberal; Kristi Sampson, 

Hartville; Jason Spainhour, Dawn; Andrew 

Sportsman, Skidmore; Scott Veatch, Trenton; 

Johnny Viebrock, Cote Camp 

MONTANA: Marcia Mehling, Willard; John 

Pavek. Colslrip 

NEBRASKA: Lark Bowmaster, Erickson; Corey 

Keller, Monroe; Holly Placek, Beatrice 

NEW JERSEY: Ninla Mezzacappa, Freehold 

Twp. 

NORTH DAKOTA: Tracy Ekeren, Enderlin; 

Britt Evenson, Williston, Danielle Thompson, 

Wyndmere 

OHIO: Ginger Adams, Woodstock; Allen 

Aichholz, Attica; Rick Bachman, Grand Rapids; 

Kerrick Wilson, Somerville 

OKLAHOMA: Kelli Bouteller, Yukon; Kelly 

Collyar, Blackwell; Melanie McClure, 

Holdenville 

OREGON: Shad Hansen, Ontario; Danae 

Patterson, Central Point 

PENNSYLVANIA: Jennifer Brawn, Coudersport 

SOUTH CAROLINA: Barry Anderson, Nichols; 

Lee Barrett, West Columbia; Paul Collins, 

Nichols 

SOUTH DAKOTA: Paul Fuller, Clark; Melissa 

Hinders, Big Stone City; Shawn Hofer, Marion; 

Aleta Jaspers, Eden; Nicole Kost, Harrisburg; 

David R. Lynn, Elkton; David Yexley, Bradley 

TEXAS: Anetrius Clark, Anahuac; Nicki Moor. 

Hankamer; Linda Reza, El Paso 

UTAH: Jonathan Peterson, Amencan Fork 

WASHINGTON: Kristi Scholz, Orting; Adam 

Thomason, Brewster; Kimberly Thome, Pasco; 

Trina Wells, Pasco 

WISCONSIN: Lynda DeHaan, Madison; 

Matthew Hennes, Hubertus 



Sponsored by 
Ford Division — 
Ford Motor Company 

Director: Gary Maricle 

Assistant: Suzette Bazen 

ARKANSAS: Shellee Morris, Nettlelon 

CALIFORNIA: Cynthia Hall, Hughson; Michelle 

Hill, Lemoore-Union 

COLORADO: Dena K. Davis, Woodlin. Thea 

Leigh Hunter, Woodlin 

DELAWARE: Robert D. Wilson, Sussex 

FLORIDA: JoAnna Lynn Former, Suwannee 

GEORGIA: Mike Brannon, Cook; Lara Bush, 

Cook; Stacey Duren, Cook; Jody Futch, Cook; 

Becky James, Cook, Chris Webb, Cook 

IOWA: Thressa Sickerson, Ankeny; Georgia 

Slitzer, Knoxville 

IDAHO: Hollie Tiegs, Melba; Krista Tiegs, 

Metba. Tammie Tiegs, Melba 

ILLINOIS: Darnisha L. Cowan, Chicago; Christy 

E, Goewey, Chicago; Judith A, Gordon, 

Chicago; Christie Words, Chicago 

INDIANA: Scott Clouse, Clinton; Alan Dunn, 

Clinton; Todd Jenkins, Clinton; Brad Lawler, 

Clinton; Wade Ruse, Clinton; Todd Myers, 

South Adams 

KANSAS: Stacey L, Hager, Girard; Janette J. 

O'Toole, Girard 

MAINE: Kelly J. Harmon, Presque Isle 

MICHIGAN: Mark Jacoby, Unionville- 

Sebewamg 

MINNESOTA: John Haberman, Brewster; 

Kirsten Hill, Brewster; Chris Hill, Brewster; Alan 

Groene, Brewster; Lance Malenke, Brewster; 

Matt Wasmund, Brewster; Amy Watje, 

Brewster; Michelle Schaufler, Leroy-Osttander; 

Julie Eastvold, Leroy-Ostrander; Wendy 

Harrington, West; Kristi Neprud, West; Christine 



National Talent 



Forseth, West; James Aalgaard, West; Bob 

Noel. West; Grant Chrislianson, West; Heather 

Anderson, West 

MISSISSIPPI: Nicole Rinehart, Jumpertown 

MISSOURI: Karen Sue Cox. East Buchanan 

MONTANA: Dennis Ayers, Denton; Ronald 

DeLane Cox, Sun Valley; Dean V. Jardee, 

Carter 

NEVADA: Suzette Lylle, Pahranagat Valley 

NEW MEXICO: Chek Rippee, Floyd 

NORTH CAROLINA: Kenneth Ray Cabarrus, 

Creswell 

NORTH DAKOTA: Annette Pressnall, 

Wahpeton 

OHIO: Dan Boyle, Bowling Green; Stephanie 

DeVier. Swiss Hills; Jorene Straszheim, 

National Trail 

OKLAHOMA: Edward Chandler, Webbers 

Falls; Christina Kay Frantz, Jones; Heather 

Harlsfield, Coalgate; Jennifer Jones, Hollis; 

Amy M. LeForce, Jet-Nash; Tara Mueggenborg, 

Kingfisher; Amy Palmer, Glencoe; Heather 

Stone, Jet Nash 

TENNESSEE: Scott Emerson, Northwest 

TEXAS: Brad Fritz, Rockdale; Jake Jenkins, 

Rockdale; Mike Walko, Rockdale; Jimmy 

Foster, Rockdale; Craig Jones, Cayuga; Jay 

Pitts, Cayuga; Derek Spence, Cayuga; Allison 

Moore, Duncanville; Vonda Mane Stephenson, 

Greenville; Lynette Thompson, Lubbock-Cooper 

UTAH: Monica Allen, Tooele: Jessica Oliver, 

Grantsville 

VIRGINIA: Wlliam H Boswell, Lee Davis; 

David E. Gray, Fauquier 

WASHINGTON: Rob Enbody. Toledo; Jennifer 

Nico McVeigh, Riverview; Denise Miller, 

Sumner 

WISCONSIN: Melissa L. Hurtburt, Black River 

Falls . 




i Frantz of Jones. Okla., was just one of many talented entertainers who took 
the national talent program. Frantz and her fellow performers presented a talent 
i Thursday before the evening session. 



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KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI 



Proficiency Awards 



Friday night's Agricultural Proficiency 
Awards recognition was a parade of excellence. 
Regional winners, chosen by committee in July, 
were recognized on stage and a national winner 
was announced in each of 29 areas. 

Proficiency awards are the yardsticks by which 
FFA members measure their Supervised Agricul- 
tural Experience Programs. Starting at the chapter 
level, members compete with their peers to cap- 
ture local awards. Competitions are held on 



higher levels, culminating in the national judging 
on Thursday of the national convention. 

Regional finalists each received $250, a plaque 
and a cash travel award. National winners re- 
ceived $500, a plaque, a cash travel award and an 
invitation to join other winners on the 1990 Euro- 
pean Travel Seminar, a three-week tour to experi- 
ence the culture and agriculture of Europe. 

National winners are designated by boldfaced 
type. 




i the 29 proficiency areas gathered on stage after th, 



Agricultural 
Electrification 

National Food & Energy Council, 

Incorporated and Klein Tools, 

Incorporated 

Central: Daniel M. Koontz, Bremen. Ind. 

Eastern: Douglas L Alligood, Washington, 

Southern: Chris Armstrong, Hayden, Ala. 

Western: Brian Johnson, Gotebo, Okla. 



Agricultural 
Mechanics 

Case 1H 

Central: Paul Kerpash, Troy, Mo. 
Eastern: Greg Gamer, Newport, N.C. 
Southern: Wade Abies, Ripley, Tenn. 
Western: A.Trent Peper, Adair, Okla. 



Agricultural 
Processing 

Carnation Company 
Central: Judy Brendle, S. Urjca, Ind. 
Eastern: Johnny R. Nifong, Lexington, N.C. 
Southern: Tim Williams, Lake Placid, Fla. 
Western: Jason Coddington, Kingsburg, Calif. 



Agricultural Sales 
and/or Service 

Babson Bros. Co./SURGE; Chevrolet 
Motor Division-Trucks, General 
Motors Corporation and ICI Americas 
IncJAg Products 

Central: David R. Tometlch, Muscatine, Iowa 
Eastern: Angela L. Page, Dickerson, Md. 
Southern: Jeffrey C. Malhis, Vera Beach, Fla. 
Western: Scott Bamngton, Bradley, Okla. 



Beef Production 

Nasco Division/Nasco International, 

Incorporated and American Simn 

Association 

Central: Gary R. Todd, Union, Neb. 

Eastern: Jason L. Boyer, East Berlin. Pa 

Southern: Robert W. Tonn, Elton, La. 

Western: Marc Dickinson, Maybell, Colo. 

Cereal Grain 
Production 

Chrysler Motors Corporation am 
Unocal 76 

Central: Mike Karman, Denmark, Wis. 
Westem: Odie Dowse, Flagler, Colo. 

Dairy Production 



tal 



Alfa-Laval Agri, In, 

Breeders Service and Manna Pro 

Corporation 

Central: Gregory L. Willoughby, Scottsville, Ky. 
Eastern: Charles Gottier, Tolland, Conn. 
Southern: David A. DeLoach, Eaton, Ga. 
Western: Kent Erickson, Ferndale. Wash. 

Diversified Crop 
Production 

Cargill, Incorporated 

Central: Mark Gross, Bridgewater, S.D. 

Eastern: Kirk Keefer, Athens, Ohio 

Southern: Darin Bryan, La. 

Western: Valone Ermis, Agua Dulce, Texas 

Diversified 
Livestock Production 

Wayne Feed Division/Continental 
Grain Company and Starbar Division 
of Zoecon Corporation 
Central: Glen Waters, Norbome, Mo. 



Eastern: Douglas Mahlerwein, Oxlord, Ohio 
Southern: Suzanne M Pearman, Arthur, Tenn. 
Western: Stephen Knutson, Clyde Park, Mont. 

Feed Grain 
Production 

Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc. 
Central: Blake E. Johnson, Holdrege, Neb. 
Eastern: David A Felumlee, Newark, Ohio 
Southern: Larry R. Godwin, Bratt, Fla. 
Western: Scot Fegler, Arapahoe, Wyo. 

Fiber Crop 
Production 

Sandoz Crop Protection Corporation 

Central: James A. Hampton, Dexter, Mo. 
Eastern: Bobby J. Jackson, Godwin, N.C. 
Soulhern: Chris Burrough, Halls, Tenn 
Western: Matt Muller, Alius, Okla. 

Floriculture 

The Lerio Corporation; The Paul Ecke 
Poinsettia Ranch; American Floral 
Endowment and Professional Plant 
Growers Association 
Central: Angela R. Treml, Green Bay, Wis. 
Eastern: Frankie Pennington, Jonesville, Va. 
Southern: Patricia Knight, Roanoke, Ala. 
Western: Thomas E. Knutson, Sumner, Wash 

Forage Production 

Gehl Company and Northrup King 
Company 

Central: Kirk D. Hollingsworth, Boone, Iowa 
Eastern: Jon Orr, Apple Creek, Ohio 
Southern: Darren Chumley, Cumberland Gap, 

Tenn. 
Western: Judy Rezendes, Chowchilla, Calif. 



Forest Management 

Stone Container Corporation and Buck 
Knives 

Central: Robert A. Morrow, 2m, Minn. 
Eastern: David Yarborough, Candor, N.C. 
Southern: Tyrone Callee, Charleston, Tenn. 
Western: Hank Russell, Elma, Wash. 



Fruit and/or 

Vegetable 

Production 

Briggs & Stratton Corporation 
Foundation, Incorporated 
Central: Andrew J. Shoultz , Muscatine, Iowa 
Eastern: J.R. Marker , Winchester, Va. 
Southern: Greg Lewis. Wildersville, Tenn. 
Western: Nik Leslie, Sumner, Wash. 

Home and/or 

Farmstead 

Improvement 

Upjohn, TUCO, Asgrow and O's Gold, 
Agricultural Division of The Upjohn 
Company 

Central: Amy L. Brown, West Bend, Iowa 
Eastern: Curt Cline, Albany, Ohio 
Southern: John Rayfield, Sylacauga, Ala. 
Western: Daniel C. Ostrom, Powell, Wyo. 



Horse Proficiency 

American Quarter Horse Association 
Central: Wade Musick, Mitchell, S.D. 
Eastern: Ric Palmer, Dublin, Va. 
Southern: James S. Bell, Seville, Fla. 
Westem: Sandra A. Jasper, Ealonville, Wash. 



Nursery Operations 

MSD AGVET Divison of Merck b Co., 
Inc. 

Central: Douglas L. Otto, Clarkson, Neb. 
Eastern: Barry J. Mehafley, Bndgelon, N.J. 
Southern: Danny F. Hildreth, Smithville, Tenn. 
Western: Matthew Sherman, Fallbrook, Calif. 



Oil Crop Production 

The Chicago Board of Trade and FMC 

Foundation 

Central: Kelby Paske, Arlington, Wis. 

Eastern: Charlton A. Plyler, Waxhaw, N.C. 

Soulhern: Mark Graham, Chiefland, Fla. 

Western: Curtis Neeley, Quail, Texas 



Outdoor Recreation 

Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. 

Central: Thomas A. Olson, Frame Du Chien, 



Eastern; Joey J. VanDyke, Radford, Va. 
Southern: Annette Sasnett, Westville, Fla, 
Western: Trista J. Ward, Guthrie, Okla. 



Placement in 
Agricultural 
Production 

DEKALB Genetics Corporation and 
LeaseAmerica Corporation 
Central: Jason M. Schuette, Salem, III. 
Eastern: Robert W. Tanner, Roseboro, N.C. 
Southern: John Barry, Cottontown, Tenn. 
Western: Brandon P. Beazer, Syracuse, Utah 



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Proficiency 
Awards 



Poultry Production 

Red Brand fence/Made by Keystone 
Steel & Wire Company; Pitman-Moore 
Inc. and Chore-Time Equipment, 
Incorporated 

Central: Jeff Stauffenecker, Greenbush, Minn. 
Eastern: Brad Craig, Washington C.H., Ohio 
Southern: Keith Windham. Ozark, Ala. 
Western: Jim L. Pigeon, Kansas, Okla. 



Sheep Production 

American Sheep Industry Association; 
Justin Boot Company; Kent Feeds, Inc. 
and Evergreen Mills, Inc. 
Central: Jason Johnson, Delavan, Wis. 
Eastern: Paul Cassell, Wytheville, Va. 
Southern: Amy Golden, Arthur, Tenn 
Western: Lance Moore, Coalville, Utah 



Soil and Water 
Management 

Ford New Holland, Inc. 
Central: Van E. Underwood, Mankato, Kan, 
Eastern: Gary Britton, Jefferson. Ohio 
Southern: Jude A. Doise, Elton, La. 
Western: Eric Veach, Dallas, Ore. 

Specialty Animal 
Production 

Purina Mills, Incorporated and 
Country General Stores 

Central: Anthony Heavin, Coatesville, Ind. 
Eastern: Herbert L. Vincent, Bndgeport, W.Va. 
Southern: Mike McCracken, Avon Park, Fla. 
Western: Jon Herrmann, Robstown, Texas 

Specialty Crop 
Production 

RJ. Reynolds Tobacco Company 

Eastern: Bruce Jones, Appomattox, Va. 
Southern: John Brown, Fall Branch, Tenn. 
Western: Jay M. Payne, Alex, Okla. 

Swine Production 

Pfizer Incorporated/Agricultural 

Division 

Central: Angela R. Brown, West Bend, Iowa 

Eastern: William Starling, Autryville, N.C. 

Southern: Ryan Thompson, Tiflon, Ga. 

Western: Jeffrey S. Tondre, San Antonio, Texas 

Turf and Landscape 
Management 

OM. Scott & Sons 
Central: Don Schieffer, Troy, Mo. 
Eastern: Lionel C. Theriault. Caribou. Maine 
Southern: Chris Thompson, Martinez, Ga. 
Western: Joe Sohler, Gaslon, Ore. 

Wildlife 
Management 

The Prudential Foundation 

Central: Rodney Pennings, Denmark, Wis. 
Eastern: Michael R. Loy, Winchester, Va. 
Southern: Al Griffin, Lineville, Ala. 
Western: Kreg A. Coggins, Enterpnse, Ore. 



National FFA 
Contests 



There was no finer example 
of performance under pressure 
than the determined concentra- 
tion of national contest partici- 
pants. After months of training, 
teams converged on locations 
throughout Kansas City to pit 
themselves against entrants 
from other states. 

National contests do more 
than measure expertise; they 
help develop it. All participants 
were honored for their efforts at 
award banquets; one held for 
each of the ten contests. During 
these meal functions, winning 
teams and individuals were 
announced. 

Each first place team was 
presented with a trophy and all 
team members received a 
plaque. Second through fifth 
place teams received a plaque, 
and all other teams were 
awarded certificates ranking 
them as gold, silver or bronze. 
High individual scorers were 
recognized with a medal or 
certificate of honorable mention. 

Agricultural 
Mechanics 

Sponsored by The Firestone Trust Fund 

First place team: Leroy, Minn , Tony Hyberger, 
Keith Hanson, Tony Kieler 

High individual: Keith Hanson, Leroy, Minn. 




Dairy 



Floriculture 

Sponsored by Ortho Consumer Prod- 
ucts Division — Chevron Chemical Co. 
and the National FFA Foundation 
General Fund 

First place team: Hermann, Mo., Susan Bader, 
Tammy Bruckerhoff, Brenda Koelling 

High individual: Susan Bader. Hermann, Mo. 



Forestry 

Sponsored by Homelite Division of 
Textron, Inc. and Champion Interna- 
tional Corporation 



First place team: San Antonio, Texas, Kyle First place team: Hillsville, Va., Bradley Carico, 

Morgenrolh, Craig Fletcher, Dustn Morgenrotfi Darin Quesenberry, Alan Webb 



Sponsored by Associated Milk Produc- 
ers, Inc. and Babson Bros. CoJSURGE 



First place team: Ferndale, Wash., Allison 
Strotz, Ryan Lancaster, Brian Moore 



High individual: Ryan Lancaster, Ferndale, 
Wash. 



Dairy Foods 

Sponsored by Mid-Amer. 
and Patz Sales, Inc. 



1 Dairyme 



High individual: Chris Soltau, Leroy, Minn. 

Farm Business 
Management 

Sponsored by John Deere 

First place learn: Kingdom City, Mo., Kim 
Truong, Duane Freels, Brian Zerr 

High individual: Gene Paulsen, Chappell, Neb. 



High individual: John Burks, Dunmore, W.Va. 

Livestock 

Sponsored by Purina Mills, Inc. 

First place team: Waynoka, Okla., Fred Slater, 
Kyle Schwerdlfeger, Bryan Kutz 

High individual: Kyle Schwerdlfeger, Waynoka, 
Okla. 



Meats 

Sponsored by Ceo. A. Hormel & 
Company and Oscar Mayer Foods 
Corporation 

First place team: Clovis, Calif., Geofl Gates, 
Tami Sagniere, Scott Gabnelson 

High individual: Ryan Picniazek, San Antonio, 
Texas 



Nursery /Landscape 

Sponsored by American Association of 
Nurserymen, Inc.; Wholesale Nursery 
Growers of America, Inc.; Kubota 
Tractor Corporation and CHIPCO 9 / 
Specialty Products Group of Rhone- 
Poulenc Ag Company 

First place team: Bear Creek, N.C, Christina 
Brady, Robby Oldham, Jackie Caudle 

High individual: Robby Oldham, Bear Creek, 
N.C. 



Poultry 



Sponsored by Tyson Foods, Inc. and 
Pilgrim's Pride Corporation 



First place team: Springdale, Ark., Eddie 
Shockley, Mark McClure, Glen Walker 



High individual: Mark McClure, Springdale, Ark. 



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KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI 



Agriscience Teacher of the Year 



Sponsored by 
Dow Chemical U.S.A. and 
GTE Foundation 
National Winner: 

Elizabeth B. Wilson, 
Durham, N.C. 

Elizabeth Wilson, the newest 
Agriscience Teacher of the Year, 
increased the number and 
quality of students enrolled at 
Charles E. Jordan High School 
through her innovative 
agriscience curriculum. 

Wilson developed and imple- 
mented a challenging program 
that includes courses in agri- 
science, horticulture, animal 
science and technology. She 
developed and wrote the cur- 
riculum in agriscience and tech- 
nology, which focuses on scien- 
tific methods, agricultural re- 
search and biotechnology. Each 
of her students has a unique 
agriscience research project 
ranging from aquaculture to 
computerized landscape design. 

Each regional winner was 
presented a plaque and a $500 
cash award. Wilson received an 
additional $1,500 cash award 
and a plaque. 

Regional Winners: 

CENTRAL: Thomas P. Cory, Elkart. Iowa; Linda 
W. (Schuh) Risl, Spencer, Wis.; Joe Farrell, Hill 
City, Kan. 
EASTERN: Anthony J. Juestrich, Hammonton, 




Elizabeth Wilson, the first female Agriscience Teacher of the Year, was interviewed by Cyndi Young of Wfli-Radio, Jacksonville, Hi 



N.J.; Charles E. Miller, Lancaster, Ohio; 
Elizabeth B. Wilson, Durham, N.C. 
SOUTHERN: Terry E. Queen, Blairsville, Ga.; 
Joseph M. Zumstein, Hohenwald, Tenn.; Darrell 
W. Ricketts, Green Sea, S.C. 
WESTERN: Steven W. Forsythe, El Paso, 
Texas; Ray E. Chelewski, Raton, N.M.; Gregory 
A. Pile, Sumner, Wash. 



State Winners: 

ARKANSAS: Lloyd A. Ashlock, Harrison 
CALIFORNIA: Thomas Helm, North San Juan 
FLORIDA: Eugene F. Dulac, Orange City 
INDIANA: Ronald W. Hefty, Auburn 
KENTUCKY: Wayne Ezell, Paducah 
MICHIGAN: Peter F. Siler, Alto 
MISSOURI: Edward Stephens, Carthage 



MONTANA: Oscar Cantu, Winifred 
NORTH DAKOTA: Greg Thompson, Willislon 
OKLAHOMA: Bruce Akins. Comanche 
SOUTH DAKOTA: John D. Rist, Bowdle 
VIRGINIA: Doug Rinker, Winchester 
WYOMING: Donn C. Randall, Pine Bluffs 



Agriscience Student Recognition 



Sponsored by 
Monsanto Agricultural 
Company 
National Winner: 

Linda Mastin, 
Puyallup, Wash. 

Runner-up: 

Stewart Humphrey, 
Lavonia, Ga. 

For the second time, FFA 
recognized nationally the efforts 
of students in scientific endeav- 
ors. Eight regional winners 
discussed their projects with a 
panel of judges on Thursday, 
and late that afternoon, the 
winner's name was revealed on 
the auditorium stage. 

National winner Linda 
Mastin used a school experiment 
in treated forage to enhance her 
Supervised Agricultural Experi- 
ence Program in sheep produc- 
tion. She found that a local yeast 
plant by-product could be used 
to treat irrigated forage to im- 
prove its feed value. The treated 
forage compared favorably in 
nutrition with alfalfa and dem- 
onstrated a considerable cost 
advantage. 



The national winner received OHIO: Robert J Bridwell, Zanesville; William J. TENNESSEE: Kerri E. Prince, Riceville 



a $5,000 scholarship and the 
runner-up, a $3,000 scholarship. 
All eight regional finalists 
earned $2,500 for their efforts, 
and the fifty state winners each 
received a $1,000 scholarship. 

Regional Winners: 

Julia M. Adkisson, Dexler. Iowa; Keith Arave, 
Keameyville, W.Va.; Jill A. Brady, Henderson, 
Ky ; Sandra R. Goering, Newton, Kan.; 
Saundra Joy Harris, Leroy, W Va.; Stewart 
Humphrey, Lavonia, Ga.; Linda Mastin, 
Puyallup, Wash,; Renee M. Smith, Waterloo, 
Ind. 

State Winners: 

CALIFORNIA: Ray Rezendes Jr., Chowchilla; 
Mathieu P. Salgues, Philo 
FLORIDA: John A. Friend Jr., DeLeon Springs 
ILLINOIS: Mark A. McCully, Varna 
MINNESOTA: Jeff Feder, Madelia 
MISSISSIPPI: Terri L. Cobb, Weir 
MISSOURI: Michael D. Birkman, Advance 
MONTANA: Dawn M. Sherwood. Miles City 
NEBRASKA: Blake Johnson, Holdrege 
NEW JERSEY: Elizabeth Jost, Washington 
NEW MEXICO: Cheryl L. Bada, Raton; Leah 
Patterson, Carrizozo 

NORTH CAROLINA: Kelly N. Butler, Mebane 
NORTH DAKOTA: Tana R. Arnstad, Williston 



Choate, Akron 

PENNSYLVANIA: Steve J. Pavlesich, Morgan- 
town 

SOUTH CAROLINA: Clay G. Britt, Nichols 
SOUTH DAKOTA: Jill Hemmstra, Dollon; Mark 
Wagner, Wessington Springs 



VIRGINIA: John T. Stelzl, Stephens City; 
Elizabeth D. Umberger, Mechanicsville 
WISCONSIN: Paul Krueger, Honcon; Jeffrey L. 
Zobeck, Ferryville 
WYOMING: Douglas R. Woodall, Laramie 




National winner Linda Mastin was presented her plaqu 
Warren Boerger as teacher Greg Pyle watches proudly. 



by National FFA Vice President 



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Stars Over America 




fay Overton, left, and Damd Tometich congratulate each other after the Star Farmer and Star Agrib 



Cash awards sponsored 
by the Executive 
Sponsors of the National 
FFA Foundation. 
Film sponsored by 
DuPont Agricultural 
Products. International 
Experience Tour of 
Europe sponsored by 
Chrysler Corporation 
Fund, Elanco Products 
Company and Federal 
Crop Insurance 
Corporation 

Star Farmer of 
America: 

Jay Lee Overton, 
Pond Creek, Okla. 

Star Agribusinessman 
of America: 

David R. Tometich, 
Muscatine, Iowa 

Thursday evening's "Stars 
Over America" pageant served 
as an exciting look at the busi- 
ness acumen of eight accom- 
plished young people. Four star 
farmers and four star agribusi- 
nessmen were honored, along 
with their families and teachers, 
in a stirring ceremony. 

Before the big announce- 
ment, the eight candidates spent 
several days touring Kansas City 
and attending special meetings 
and meal functions. On Thurs- 
day, each went before the panel 
of judges to explain his program 
and FFA accomplishments. 

The records of the regional 
agribusinessmen were impres- 
sive, their achievements many. 
Star Agribusinessman of 



America David Tometich of 

Muscatine, Iowa, has had his 
own sheep shearing business 
since age 16 and now works as a 
wool buyer. Barry Todd of 
Longs, S.C., works in his father's 
agricultural machinery shop and 
is totally responsible for projects 
ordered by customers. James 
Stern of Machipongo, Va., 
worked for a rose-growing 
operation and for the USDA Soil 
Conservation Service. Robert 
Wolfe of Hermiston, Ore., owns 
a sweet corn and potato market- 
ing business. 

The four star farmers were 
recognized for their production 
expertise. Star Farmer of 
America Jay Overton, Pond 
Creek, Okla., produces wheat 
and has a stocker and feeder calf 
operation. William Courterof 
Alma, Mich., owns 25 percent of 
his father's swine, dairy and 
crop operation and plans to be 
sole owner of the farm. Tony 
Janes of West Carroll Parish, La., 
incorporated agricultural engi- 
neering practices to improve the 
efficiency of the family beef, rice 
and grain operation. Scott 
McLamb of Midway, N.C., owns 
50 percent of the family farm, 
where beef, swine, tobacco, 
grains, oil crops and fiber crops 
are raised. 

Following the pageant, all 
eight candidates and their fami- 
lies were honored with a recep- 
tion in the convention news- 
room. Their next official function 
will be travelling on the FFA 
Stars International Experience 
Tour of Europe. Each regional 
star received a $1,000 cash 
award; the Star Farmer of Amer- 
ica and Star Agribusinessman of 
America each received an addi- 
tional $1,000. 




Tammy Myer, a star candidate escort, is flanked by four of her charges at the convention. 
She received the Honorary American FFA Degree for her work with the stars. 



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The eight regional stars were given VIP treatment throughout their week in Kansas City. 
From left: David Tometich, Scott McLamb, Robert Wolfe, Tony fanes, James Stern, Barry 
Todd, \ay Overton, William Courier. 



FFA — LEADING THE CHALLENGE 



KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI 



American FFA Degrees 



ALABAMA: William B Adams. Albertville; 
David L Carter, Bfewton; Jelf Cowan. Hartlord; 
Richard C. Dunnavanl, Ardmore; Christopher T. 
Garrison. Mt. Hope; Ronald S. Gatlin, Lester; 
Barry Gauldin. Lincoln; Terry S. Gray, Geneva; 
Jimmy S. Hampton. Sylacauga; William A. 
Hancock, Newville; Jimmy G. Holt, Athens; Paul 
Hudson, Opp; Steven C, Hull, Winlield; Patncia 
R. Knight, Roanoke, Johnny E. Knighten, 
Brantley; Bradley K Lewis, ELkmont; Thomas 
W. Malone Jr., Lincoln; Susan A. Martin, 
Enterprise; Lucas C. McCollum, Mt. Hope; 
Theron Pettis, Brewton; Troy A. Smith, Gadsen; 
James T. Waters, Enterprise; Kenny M White. 
Mt. Hope 




ALASKA: Whitney L. Bruno, North Pole 
ARIZONA: Terry L. Chacon. Tucson; David L. 
Cook. Kingman; Lara A. Ferry, Chandler; Shani 
LaSalvia, Laveen; Colin L. Mellon, Yuma; 
Richard K. Rogers, Laveen; Shannon S 
Schulz, Buckeye; Jeff Stephens, Casa Grande; 
David Wealhertord, Laveen 
ARKANSAS: Stephen Ackerman, Hunlsville; 
Jennifer J. Barber, Lake City; Robert A. Bollier, 
Greenbrier; Craig D. Brown, Siloam Spnngs, 
Tina L. Drummond, Elkins; Eric Hughes, 
Gurdon; Jamie Mundy, Siloam Springs; Brian 
Ragland, Marshall; Heath L. Shrable, Gepp; 
Bradley W Thurman, SI. Joe; Sheila K. Webb, 
Lincoln; Lonnie D. Webb, Lincoln; Jennifer 
Wells, Marshall; Jeffrey D. Wells, Paragould 
CALIFORNIA: Darren Aldaco, Visalia; Mike 
Assali, Hughson; Scott Beylik, Fillmore; Rodney 
Bianchi, Hollister; Duarte Borges, Winton; 
Christine M. Bonon, Santa Maria; David Bryson, 
Winton; Carrie Camarillo, Chowchiiia; Helder 
Coehlo, Fresno; Nathan C. Corpuz, Lancaster; 
Robert W. DeVaux, Lompoc; Wayne Edwards, 
Santa Paula; Carrie W Ellington, Chico; Krisi 
Essegian, Selma; Corey Fagundes, Merced; 
Brandon W. Friesen, Livingston; Alison K. 




Gilbreath, Denair; Kimberly Gomes, Tulare; 
James J. Grossi III. Novato; Melissa Hatanaka, 
Esparto; Roger W. King, Pelaluma; Scott 
Koehn, Atwater; Dawn T. Lane, Littlerock; 
Michael G. Layne, Sanger, Shannon Lourenzo, 
Ferndale; Jeffrey S. Lundberg, Santa Maria; 
Vincent Machado, Chowchiiia; Michael L. 
Machado, Visalia; Tom Minetti, Guadalupe; 
Sayt Munir, Atwater; Dayna N. Nachtigal, 
Winton; Norman D. Oilar, Corning; Joseph 
Pacheco, Merced; Tammy Pilcher, Chowchiiia; 
Dann J. Poston, Tulare; Dawna L. Ray, 
Chowchiiia; Judy Rezendes, Chowchiiia; Lisa 
Rienslra, Fallbrook; Duane C. Rogers, Oroville; 
Leslie Rowley, Visalia; Jose R. Salinas, Santa 
Maria; Scot Sherman, Winton; Dustin D. 
Snyder. Firebaugh; Brenda M. Souza, Tulare; 
Kristi A. Sowells, Kingsburg; Christie Sutfin, 
Coming; Steven A. Teixeira, Santa Mana; 



American FFA Degree 
recipients were honored on 
Friday afternoon as proud 
teachers, family members and 
friends looked on. The 698- 
member group was recognized 
for their attainment of degree 
requirements and for their out- 
standing performance in FFA. 

All stood together for the 
conferring of degrees and then 
waited patiently for their chance 
to walk across the stage and 
claim the coveted gold key and 
certificate. 



Sponsored by 
American Cy ana mid 
Company, Agricultural 
Division; Case IH; Farm 
Credit System; Na-Churs 
Plant Food Company; 
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International, Inc. and 
Pirelli Armstrong Tire 
Company 



Travis J. Pellerin, Rayne; Chad H. Racca. Iowa; 
Kevin Richard. Branch; Anatole T. Thibodeaux, 
Branch; Troy A. Thibodeaux, Branch 
MAINE: Lionel C Thenault III, Caribou; 
Lynwood C. Wmslow, Presque Isle 
MARYLAND: Richard L. Burch, Mechanicsville; 
Dean Poffenberger, Hagerstown; J. Brian 
Slonesiter, Union Bridge, Marcia J. Summers, 
Frederick; Joseph Topper, Rocky Ridge 
MASSACHUSETTS: Joseph A. Cote, Fall River 
MICHIGAN: Chad L. Alverson, Wayland; 
Bradley L. Baxter, St. Louis; Ronald A. 
Behrenwald, Lakeview; William D. Byrum Jr., 
Onondaga; William A. Courier, Alma; Scott A 
House, Webberville; Matthew D. Mikek, SI, 



Charles J. Vieira, Tulare; Christy A. Wenzel, 
Grass Valley; Brian C. Young, Dinuba 
COLORADO: Kevin L. Brown, Lindon; Marc 
Dickinson, Maybell: Mark A. Dreher, Stratton; 
Clark A. Miller, LaSalle; David G. Myers, Craig; 
Brent Newbanks. Yuma; Jason R. Pachner, 
Akron; DavidS. Reyher, Yuma; Kraig J. 
Roesch, McClave; Donald K. Wrighl, Lindon 
CONNECTICUT: James R. Allyn, Preston; 
Joseph M Dzen, Broad Brook; Julie E Smith, 
Lebanon; Janet K. Tuttle, Columbia; Laura L. 
Wimpfheimer. Easl Granby 



Sycamore; Ronald W Pierce, Marengo; Paul E. 
Ruble, Nebo; Kalhy A. Schnell, Amboy; Corey 
B. Torrance, Good Hope; Jon Van Dyke, 
Louisville; Theodore R. Vinson, Fithian 
INDIANA: Kenneth Bradley, Trafalgar; Darren 
L. Coulter, Parker City; Thomas R. Crowe, 
Greensburg; Andrew L Oeckard, Sullivan; Brian 
L. Engleking, Greenfield; Richard E. Gregory, 
Mooresville; Randall S. Hardy, Lexington; Micah 
W. Hefty, Auburn; Sandy Herre, Remington; 
Kristina M. Krom, Rochester; Kent Liechty, 
Geneva; Kurt M, Nagel, West Lafayette; Cyndy 




DELAWARE: Richard Dunning, Townsend; Earl 
J. Hurd, Clayton 

FLORIDA: Camron A. Asbell, Branson; Dan W. 
Beach, Trenton; William B. Crosby, Vera Beach; 
Dess Fennell III, McAplin; Stephen C. Gindl, 
Cantonment; Darrell Harvey, Glen St. Mary; 
Nicolle M. Lindholm, Dunnetlon; Jeffrey C. 
Mathis, Vero Beach; Kimberly A. Matthias, 
Gainesville; Christ! McCraken, Avon Park; 
Sonja J. Mullins, Sparr; Anna M. Revels, Center 
Hill; Robert A. Rogers, Orlando; Rebbeca D 
Shaw, Mayo; William E. Thomasson, Orlando; 
Paul Watson, Oxtord; Sidney Whitby Jr., Bell 
GEORGIA: Carol A. Bailey, Dawsonville; 
Stacey R. Buffmgton, Jackson; Christopher C. 
Cantrell, Ellijay; Steve Clark, Cairo; Dan Clary, 
Harlem; Kenneth B Fain, Tignall; Robert A. 
Futch, Ellijay; Stanley Henson, Canton; Dwayne 
S. Higdon. Harlem; Scott Johnson, Covington; 
Kirk 0. Lowman, Ellijay; James A. Lumpkin, 
Ashburn; Paul B. Martin, Cumming; Holly S. 
Mock, Patterson; Glenn E. Moore, Valdosta; 
James R. Oliver, Dawsonville; Chaddrick R. 
Sumner, Lenox; Samuel R. West, Ellijay 
IDAHO: Kevin J, Barker, Payelte; Joseph M. 
Bingham, Rupert; John C. Black, Almo; Sara 
Braasch, Caldwell; Ryan W. Cranney, Oakley; 
Eileen L. Falen, Genesee; Casey N. Isom, 
Fruitland; Julie Perkins, Bruneau; Ryan 
Samples, Burley; David W. Slolworthy, Shelley; 
Vernon C. Wells, Buhl 

ILLINOIS: Richard L. Aden, SI. Joseph; John A. 
Barrington, Alexis; Jeffrey T. Beavers, Alexis; 
Elaine J. Caveny, Litchfield: Deborah K. 
Hagemeyer, Esmond; Roger W. Harris Jr., 
Moweaqua; Carl A. Heide, DeKalb; William 
Heinisch, DeKalb; Greg A. Janssen, Hanna 
City; Kendra R. Kleinik. Nokomis; Mark Knodle, 
Fillmore; Jennifer C. McCaw, Aledo; Earl T. 
Mecklenburg, Sycamore; James Meisinger, 



D. Oakley, Breman; Todd Roberts, Syracuse; 
Charles E. Sieberns, Corydon; Glen A. Stites, 
Deputy 

IOWA: David E. Anderegg, Guttenberg; Bill A. 
Beizer, Alba; Angela R. Brown, West Bend; 
Amy L. Brown. West Bend; Stephen K. 
Eastman, Riceville; Jonathan Epley, Plainfield; 
Larry J. Geerts, Charles City; Gary W. Greil, 
Central City; Mary E. Mathis, Eikhart; Perry P. 
Mogler, Alyord; Steven J. Nauman, Floyd; 
Kelley R. Prull, Anamosa: David R. Tomelich, 
Muscatine; Christopher K. Wilson, Creston; 
Thomas D Woodard, Creston; Thomas C. 
Zylstra, Sibley 
KANSAS: Ron L. Benson, Clay Center; Roger 

E. Carnahan, Altamont; Myron J. Friesen, 
Newton; Dennis Fry, Fort Scott: Jackie 
McClaskey, Girard; Mary L. Nichols, West- 
phalia; Michael D. Stauffer, Holton, Troy Strnad, 
Formoso; Tim Turek, South Haven; Slede E. 
Underwood, Mankato 

KENTUCKY: Karen Anderson, Crestwood; 
Jonathan L. Ayer, Calhoun; Chad R. Batts, 
Fulton; Charles R. Bohanan, Paris; Marty A. 
Chandler, Franklin; James B. Clark, Nicholas- 
ville; Bill Cliff, Princeton; Timmy Herndon, Mt. 
Eden; Denlon Hippe, Frankfort; Elmer W. 
Jenkins, Allensville; Scott D. Jernigan, Franklin; 
Buelord C. McDonald Jr., Lexington; Kenny M. 
McDowell, Beaver Dam; Paul A. Miles, 
Owensboro; Robert S. Mooney, Dixon; 
Shannon Morgan, Alvaton; Heath Paylon, 
Versailles; Robert E. Phelps, Fredonia; Hebbie 
Purvis II, Georgetown; Kimberly L. Tooley, 
Urjca; Benjamin Y. Wilson, Boaz 
LOUISIANA: Tammy L. Augustine, Kinder; 
Tony Janes. Oak Grove; Damon Laspe, 
Denham Springs; Danny LeJeune, Jennings; 
Carey D. Martin, Fnerson; Waller E. McElduff. 
Choudrant; Dwayne P. Nunez, Grand Chenier; 




Louis; Michele L. Payn, Jonesville; Kelby J. 
Ruckle, Whittemore; Jason Shilling, Quincy; 
William K. Word, Camden 
MINNESOTA: Randy Ascheman, Applelon; 
Grant Binlord, Luverne; Douglas D. Dahlke, 
Glencoe; Troy L. Erickson, Westbrook; David P 
Fitzgerald, West Concord; Mark Fjelslad, 
Zumbro Falls; Brian Flom, Kenyon; Thomas 
Griebel. Pipestone; David Lagerstedt, Adams; 
John R. Liepold, Cokalo; Jason W. Maahs, 
Litchfield; Michael A. Macho, LeCenter; Jon 
Olson, Fosston; Slacy B. Stock, Fergus Falls; 
Jell Symanietz, Avon; Brian Thalmann, Plato; 
Barbara R. VanZomeren, Alexandria 
MISSISSIPPI: Wilton R. Cooper, Manlachie; 
Melissa G. Crowder, Weir; Nick Doles, Calhoun 
Cily; Richard C. Lacy, Lucedale; Hubert G. 
Loden, Manlachie; Joan McCraw, Laurel; 
Shawn L. Oliver, Weir; Michael R. Ormon, 
Hickory Flat; Patti Pickering, Laurel; Missy 
Prather, Roxie; John K. Shumpert, Nettleton; 
Kirby D. Stnnglellow, Lucedale; Gina Weeks, 
Ackerman; Mark R Williams, Nettleton 
MISSOURI: Teresa Beck, Cabool; Timothy A. 
Blankenship, Barnett; Jeffrey A. Bloss, 
Sarcoxie; Charles R. Carrier, Lockwood; David 




E Cooley, Southwest City; Oebbie A. Dieck- 
man, Mora; Steve Dubbert, Tipton; Michael E. 
Fugate, Rogersville; Matthew H. Garbee, 
Billings; Shane Geib, Thayer; Todd Geisert, 
Washington; David A. Martin, Humansville; 
John N. Martin, Centralia; Terry L. Miles, 
Leonard; Richard Scheer, New Haven; George 
E. Schupback, Keytesville; Matthew D. Senlell, 
Qulin; Ali Thompson, Niangua; Harold M. 
Thompson, Marshall; Matthew Thummel, 
Sheridan; Glen Waters, Norbome; Craig 
Westfall, Halfway; Scott M. Wheatcraft, 
Brookfield; Stephen L. Yarick, Rich Hill 
MONTANA: Richard E. Bogden II, Ulm; Corey 
Guenzler, Ronan; Sara Hougen, Melstone; 
Stephen Knulson, Clyde Park; Lisa M. 
Loftsgaarden. Missoula; Rodney D. Miller, Miles 
Cily; Dennis L. Mitchell, Chinook; Chris A. 
Ostberg, Fairfield; Julie A. WeinzetJ. Custer 



FFA — LEADING THE CHALLENGE 



KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI 



American FFA Degrees 



NEBRASKA: Shane A. Belohrad, Leigh; Julie 
D. Classen, Ayr; Kim G. Friesen, Henderson; 
Harris Grunden, Curtis; Michael C. Janing, 
Geneva; Judson J- Jesske, Blue Hill; Merlin R. 
Prior II, Imperial; Kelly A- Reichman, Big 
Springs; William J. Smith, Ashland; Susan R. 
Smydra, Boelus; Brian D. Thompson, Dunnig 
NEVADA: Thomas Barnes, Elko; Susan M. 
Black, Eureka; Jennifer K. DeVries, Deeth; Jon 
A. George, Winnemucca; Patricia J. Hull, 
Eureka; AnnaLyn Settelmeyer, Minden; Paul M 
Tomera, Battle Mountain 
NEW JERSEY: John A. Ackley, Bridgeton; 
Robert J, Faber Jr., Allentown 
NEW MEXICO: Michael J. Bennett, Artesia; 




Randy Bouldin, Portales; Billy R. Copeland, St. 
Vrain; Sandra Copeland, Mountainair; Ernest M. 
Cummings, Truth or Consequences; James M. 
Jones, Roswell; David D. Massey, Edgewood; 
Fara Smith, Ralon 

NEW YORK: Michael T. Bennett, Bouckville; 
Tricia L Burns, Vernon Center; Lee J. Clark, 
Gouverneur; Richard I. Coombe Jr., 
Grahamsville; Diana L. Curtis, Cazenovia, 
Justin F. Forward, Bouckville; Mark A. Hogan, 
Canastota; David M. Klatehn. Kendall; James 
0. Lapham, Woodhull; Thomas H. Ripley, 
Moravia; Todd A. Shelmidine, Adams; Todd J. 
Zinkievich, Medina 

NORTH CAROLINA: Michael Beal. Ramseur; 
William R. Boaz. Yanceyville; Jennifer L. 
Dunnagan, Durham; Mitchell E. Hardee, 
Clarendon; Barry J. Huffman, Richlands: Ron 
Kelly, Candor; Edward J. King Jr., Weaverville; 
Donna L. Koontz, Lexington; William T. 
Lawrence Jr., Seagrove; Rebecca M. Lew, 
Cary; Scott McLamb, Roseboro; Amy L. 
McPherson, Chadbourn; Randall H. Morgan, 
Bath; Toby L. Parker, Matthews; Benjamin D. 
Potter, New Bern; Philip C. Shivar, Dudley; 
Bradlord H. Sprinkle, Marshall; Charles H. 




Starnes, Mooresville; N. Scott Vanhoy, Gold 
Hill; Timothy L. While, Cleveland; Ellen M. 
Williams, Staley; Jeff Worley, Leicester; 
Thelmer W. Wrench, Godwin 
NORTH DAKOTA: Duane Carlson, McLeod; 
Byron N, Carter. Fortuna; Scott S. Grate, Battle 
View; Kelly Linster, Berthold; Will J. MacDonald, 
Bismark; Thomas V. Nord, Enderlin; Kurt 
Schalt, St. Anonlhy; Dale J. Srumvoll, Cole- 
harbor; Ellen A. Thomas, Mandan 
OHIO: Alan E. Aichholz, Attica; Nicholas W. 
Baughman, Botkins; Jody Bennett, Hamilton; 
Devin L. Dauterman, Bowling Green; Travis L. 
Fliehman, Sabina; Michael D. Hamilton, 
Carrollton; H. Jeffrey Harrod, Wapakoneta; 
David M. Hartschuh, Sycamore; Mark 
Heitkamp, Anna; Jerry L. Horn Jr., New 
Philadelphia; James R. Kiko Jr., Paris; Bill King, 
Marysville; Janet Leonhardt, Crestline; Lyle J. 




Linkey, Pemberville; Susan M. Lokai. Colum- 
bus; Jeffrey A. Meier, Ft. Recovery; Daniel R. 
Miller, Convoy; Mike Miller, Waterlord; Heather 

D. Oros, West Salem; Mike Perry, Cable; Daniel 
Schroer, New Breman; Pamela K. Shammo, 
Gibsonburg; Scott Streber, New Vienna; Randy 
Sullivan, West Mansfield; Todd Swetland, 
Marengo; Douglas L. Yeary II, Adamsville; Lori 
A. Zenz, Liberty Center 

OKLAHOMA: Mikeal Alexander, Spiro; Darren 
R. Baker, Indiahoma; Nathaniel A. Beisel, 
Fargo; Joel C. Bogdahn, Fargo; Steven D. 
Cantrell, Collinsville; Todd Culp, Billings; 
Jayson W. Davison, Guthrie; John Dudley II, 
Tipton; James E. Evans, Nash; Karen L. 
Fellers, Byron; Joey M. Fitzgerald, Minco; Paul 
C. Fruendt, Guthrie; Chad Gray, Durant; 
Bradley N. Harper, Calera; Jeff Harrison, Hugo; 
Jon D. Henley, Collinsville; Matt B. Jones, 
Catoosa; Michael Kelsey, Rush Springs; Bryan 

E. Kennedy. Lane; Robert L. Listen, Jones; 
David Manloolh, Lindsay; Joey C. McEnlire, 

gra; Jay L. Overton, Pond Creek; David F. 




Payne, Alex; Clayton Pope, Loyal: Kyle Smith, 
Tipton; Lance Smith, Lawton; Shawn A. Sparks, 
Alex; Lee C. Sparks, Billings; Tracy B. Spnngs, 
Eldorado; Mike Swafford, Purcell; James W. 
Talley Jr., Kingston; Douglas R. Voth, Adair; 
Will A. Wagar, Nash; Tracy Wagoner, Talala 
OREGON: Patty A. Abell, Canby; Cameron 
Craig, Hillsboro; Daniel J. Dumler, Salem; 
Daniel G. Fanning, Amity; John R. Hepton, 
Enterprise; Thomas J. Miller, Brooks; Scott 
Ruby, Scio; Michael W. Rusher, Salem; David 
G. Schelfler, Eagle Point; Shaun D. Steinbeck, 
Culver; Tony Stevens, Junction City; Robert B. 
Wolle, Hermiston 

PENNSYLVANIA: Mark R. Anderson, Dover; 
Charles J. Ax III, Middleburg; Dale Balmer, 
Lebanon; David J. Bristol, Troy; Richard A. 
Crone, Danville: Timothy R, Elliott, Lebanon; 
Dean Erway, Ulysses; Robert W. Gabel, 
Newport; Brent A. Harner, Leek Kill; Fred Hoch, 
Shippensburg; Jere L. Hoover, Conestoga; 
James H. Houser, Spnng Mills; Floyd B. Huber, 
Leola; Gerald E. Murray, Meyersdale; Rodney 
L. Nissly. Lancaster; Daniel L. Over, Woodbury; 
John P. Painter II, Westfield; Dean P. Shank, 
East Berlin; Lydee Shea, Hummelslown; Greg 
D. Stncker, Bernville; Craig B. Waltermire, 
Rockwood; Darryl E. Weaver, East Earl; Daniel 
L. Wilkinson, Gettysburg 
RHODE ISLAND: Julie Tefft, West Greenwich 
SOUTH CAROLINA: Brian K. Clinkscales, 
Starr; Floyd D. Elliott, Galivant's Ferry; James 
L. Ennis Jr., Aiken; Matthew J. Gordon, 
Hampton; Timothy C. Graves, Estill; Ralph D. 
Johnson, Nichols; William R. McAdams II, 
Townville; Lloyd Richardson II, Gresham; 
Patrick E. Settle, Inman; Barry D. Todd, Longs; 
Tyron Williams, Gresham 



SOUTH DAKOTA: Donnie Adams, Sioux Falls; 
Arlyn J. Langerock, Marion; Thomas Randall, 
Salem; Dennis D. Rennich, Harrisburg; Norman 
W. Siebrecht, Redfield; Michael Stietvater, 
Salem 

TENNESSEE: Johnny Barry, Cottontown; Kate 
Bell, Fnendship; Chris Collier, Surgoinsville; 
Justin S. Davis, Covington; Thomas B. Gentry, 
Smyrna; James D. Jemigan, Cottontown; 
Angela M. Lee, Cleveland; Kelly Melton, 
Woodbury; Sue Ann Moore, Dyersburg; John B. 
Morrow, Culleoka; Marcus E. Peery, Culleoka; 
Melmda J. Poplin, Maryville; Anthony Price, 
Bulls Gap; Johnny R. Rogers, Madisonville; 
Sonny Spear, Red Boiling Springs; George F. 




Steadman, Whitesbuerg; Randy Sutherland, 
Cottontown; Mark D. Teague. Parsons; Stacy 
D. Vise, Decalurville; Ginger F. Wilson, 
Cleveland 

TEXAS: Ryan K. Aschenbeck. Round Top; 
Mikyela L. Ashby, Henderson; Daniel L. 
Bluntzer. Robstown; Milton S. Boren, McKmney; 
Chad Breeding, Miami; Donnell Brown, 
Throckmorton; Gena Brown, Dayton; Matt 
Chachere, Dayton; Stephanie K. Colfey, 
Bloomington; Jimmy L. Culp, Sanger; John S. 
Davis, Arlington; Stacey L. Davis, Chico; Janet 
B. Dillard, Waskom; Delinda D. Dutton, 
Baytown; Lee Essman Jr., Bedias; William 
Garrett, Bridgeport; Cherrie K. George, 
Brashear; Gregory B. Good, Booker; Melissa A. 
Harris, Merkel; Steven C. Heller, Lexington; Roy 
Henderson, Hunt; Jon Herrman, Robstown; 
David C. Howell, Seymour; Barry W. Hudgens, 
Mabank; Carey C. Hudson, Alvarado; Darren 
Hughes, Booker; James B Johnson, 
Ropesville; Scott A. Jones, Granbury; Larry J. 
Kapavik, Gonzales; Lyle L. Keeton, Lubbock; 
Lesa A. King, Howe; Blaine Lemons, Colorado 
City; Scotta K. Masterson, Guthrie; Marty B. 
McKinzie, Dike; Steven D. Mikeska, Rogers; 




Brent A. Neuhaus, Robinson; Jay M. Norman, 
Howe; Dennis Paetzold, Hereford; Randy 
Pickett, Beevilte; Kip D. Reagor, Seymour; Keith 
H. Reep, Blossom; Randy Rothlisberger, 
Beevilte; Roger Satterwhite, Haltsville; Freddie 
Schuetze, Pleasanton; Rusty Simpson, Nemo; 
Edward L. Strange, Kerens; Pete Thonsgaard, 
Dayton; Daniel Tucker III, Palacios; Martin T. 
Tudyk, Pleasanton; Michael K. Walter, Oglesby; 
Joe M. Walters, Pickton; Angie Wentworth, 
Silsbee; Jeremy West, Buffalo; Laurie D. 
Williamson, Liberty; Weston W. Winters, 
Pattonville 

UTAH: Noel Cowley, Glenwood; Corey 
Ercanbrack, Santaquin; Greg Houston, 
Roosevelt; Lisa Killpack, Tooele; Gregory P. 
Miner, Spnngville; Kirk L. Orgill, Coalville; 
Nichole Phillips, Spnngville; Glen K. Swallow, 
Fillmore; Michael R. Thomsen, Spanish Fork; 




David M. Whitaker, Kanosh 
VERMONT: Thomas A. Capra, Ferrisburg; 
Warren W. Nop, Salisbury; Amy C. Pease, 
Tunbridge; Dean C. Wright, Enosburg Falls 
VIRGINIA: Craig Bailey, Harrisonburg; John C. 
Banks Jr., Hillsville; Bryan A. Cauthorn, 
Ashland; Kevin K. Craun, Ml. Crawlord; Nelson 
M. Diehl II, Harrisonburg; Carl Felts, Toms 
Brook; Jeffrey S. Fritz, Abingdon; Darren C. 
Heath, Glade Spring; Carol Heizer, Middle- 
brook; Robert L. Ingram, Floyd; Scot E. Lilly, 
Mechanicsville; Kathy D. Lineburg, Middletown; 
Revonda L. McGrady, Hillsville; Thomas D. 
Musick, Damascus; Hunter B. Richardson, 
West Point; James D. Stern III, Warsaw; Tina 
M. Stiles, Woodstock; Eric D. Stogdale, ML 
Sidney; Kirk A. Swortzel, Greenville; Kevin D. 
Thayer, Abingdon; Timothy M. Ward, Hillsville; 
Phillip E. Whitlow, Brookneal 
WASHINGTON: Steven J. Anderson, Winlock; 
David W. Creveling, Methow; Richard DeRuwe, 
Washtunca; Rob Enbody, Toledo; James W. 
Gray, Deer Park; Dennis Jensen, Bow; Gary D. 




Kidd, Yelm; Chad E. Lietz, Othello; Barry G. 
Mathews, Winiock; Dennis P. Micketsen, 
Winlock; Pat Motz, Dutch Harbor; Craig A. 
Oswalt, Toppenish; Jeffrey A. Roesli, Tacoma; 
Miranda N. Ruby, Spokane; Mike Swezey, 
Spokane; Mike Wallace, Cheney; Jay Wilson, 
Yelm 

WEST VIRGINA: Joey B. Bartgis, Hedgesville; 
Mary L. Coffman, Lewisburg; Benjamin L. Ellis, 
Renick; David L. Grimes, Dunmore; J. Scott 
McDaniel, Martinsburg; Philip Miihlbach, 
Ravenswood; Kurtis W. Mong, Martinsburg; 
Angela Peggs, Cox's Mill; Betsy L. Sayre, 
Kenna; James R. Sayre, Ripley 
WISCONSIN: Jon Anderson, Montlort; Timothy 
Bartel, Manawa; Mike Bodart, Pulaski; Randall 
L. Cams, Cuba City; Brian R. Coulthard, Cuba 
Cily; Amy Espenscheid, Argyle, Eugene 
Gehring, Hartford; Jeffrey D. Heck, Greenwood; 
Tim J. Heck, Greenwood; Tim Heeg, 
Marshlield; Richard A. Heme Jr., Helenville; Jay 
Jauquet, Luxemburg; Peter R. Jones, Lake 
Geneva; Douglas L. Kurt, Cottage Grove; 
Randy A. Meyer, Neillsville; Cliff Nelson, 
Blanchardville; Larry G. Nelson, Alma Center; 
Steve Norton, Mineral Point; Dennis R. 
Patterson, Glen Haven; Douglas J. Pribyl, 
Denmark; Jeffrey R. Saharsky, Green Bay; 
Daniel M. Sievert, Bonduel; Kent M. Thompson, 
Viroqua; Michelle L. Waege, Tomah; Greg 
Wright, Galesville; Leonard E. Yoap, Pound; 
Robert M. Zellmer, Elderton 
WYOMING: Melissa Derry, Powell; Daryne 
Fegler, Arapahoe; Reynold D. Gardner, Aflon; 
Brent T. Good, Powell; Tina M. Guest, Hawk 
Spnngs; Tye L. Henderson, Powell; Joey 
Johnson, Newcastle; Albert A. Renner, 
Meeteelse 



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After the fog had cleared and 
the lasers had faded, FFA mem- 
bers exploded with pride, excite- 
ment and appreciation when the 
1988-89 National FFA Founda- 
tion Sponsors' Board Chairman 
Nick Babson announced a rec- 
ord-setting fund raising total of 
$3,720,000. 

The $350,000 increase over 
last year was directed by Bab- 
son, who is also president and 
chairman of Babson Bros. Co./ 
SURGE, along with 30 execu- 
tives who compose the founda- 
tion board and a five-member 
staff based in Madison, Wis. To 
reach the grand total, the foun- 
dation collected around $15,000 
a day. 

"We set an aggressive goal 
for ourselves, and, even better, 
we exceeded it," said Babson. 

Bernie Staller, executive 
director of the foundation, said 
"Foundation sponsors consider 
their contribution an investment 
in young people, agriculture and 
the future." 

To evaluate that investment, 
many of the 988 sponsors 
nationwide participated in 
Thursday's contest, proficiency 
and star candidate judging, and 



the evening session of the FFA 
convention. The session facili- 
tated an atmosphere for FFA 
members to express their appre- 
ciation to sponsors as well as 
providing sponsors with an 
opportunity to familiarize them- 
selves with FFA members and 
their programs. 

"Tonight is the night," Bab- 
son said of the Thursday eve- 
ning convention session. "To- 
day, somebody told me, 'If you 
can't light somebody's fire on 
this night, then the wood must 
be wet.'" 

Like Babson, Jim Cornick, 
publisher of Successful Farming, 
enjoys the convention. 

"I look forward to conven- 
tion every year to rejuvenate 
myself and company person- 
nel," Cornick said. "Seeing 
young people excited about 
agriculture is like a field trip into 
tomorrow." 

Seiji Shichiri, president of 
Mitsui Grain Corporation and 
recipient of one of this year's 
Distinguished Service Awards, 
has found the National FFA 
Convention to be a new and 
unique experience. 

"I've never seen so many 




Ken Curry, Unioninlle, Mich., tries out his new purchase, a Yamaha Breeze, Wednesday 
night after the National FT A Alumni Auction as David Byers, director of sales of ATV 
marketing for Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., looks on. Yamaha donated the vehicle 
for the annual alumni fundraising auction. 



people at one place except 
maybe a football or baseball 
game in Japan," Shichiri said. 
"There are so many young 
people wearing the same uni- 
form, showing everyone is 
headed in the same direction." 
To support the goals of the 
FFA, the foundation also helps 
develop new programs for FFA 
and agricultural education. 
Complementing the trend of 
broad-based agriculture, spon- 



National FFA Sponsors' Boards 



Executive Council 

Chairman ■ Nicholas C. Babson 

President & Chairman ot the Board, Babson Bros. Co./SURGE 

Oakbrook, Illinois 

Chairman-Elect 1990 - Thomas J. Hennesy 

Chairman, TSC Industries, Inc. 
Nashville, Tennessee 

Chairman-Elect 1991 • Robert W. Reynolds 

Vice President, North America, Monsanto Agricultural Company 
St. Louis, Missouri 

Past Chairman - Joseph Downey 

Vice President, Dow Chemical Company 
Indianapolis, Indiana 

1988-1989 

Noel E. Callahan, President 8 Chairman, Callahan Enterprises, Inc. 

John Coy, Consultant 

Dr. Wld P. Crawford, Executive Vice President, Agricultural Division, 

Pfizer Incorporated 
E. Donald Griffin, Vice President. U.S. Operations, MSD AGVET 

Division, Merck 8 Co., Inc. 
Larry D. Hayes, President, Agricultural Products, Rural Systems Division, 

Butler Manufacturing Company 
John D. Kelly, President 8 CEO, Na-Churs Plant Food Company 
Raymond Marttila, Vice President and Director, CTB, Inc. 
Gary W. McKillips, Vice President, Public Affairs, Contel Corporation 
Rick Metzger, Past President, National FFA Alumni Association 
Dale A. Miller, President and CEO, Sandoz Crop Protection Corporation 
Bernard L. Nielsen, President 8 CEO, Gehl Company 
Robert J. Rauscher, Vice President Marketing, Amoco Oil Company 
Richard H. Severson, President, Kent Feeds, Inc. 
Bruce G. Wheeler, President, Country General Stores 
Jerome B. York. Vice President 8 Corporate Controller, Dodge Car 8 

Truck, Chrysler Motors Corporation 



1989-1990 

Don Berg, Vice President Milk Procurement Division, Land O'Lakes, Inc 
Neal 0. Chrisfenson, Vice President, Farm Equipment 8 Consumer 

Products Marketing, USA 8 Canada, Deere 8 Company 
John Haid, Senior Vice President, Pilgrim's Pride Corporation 
Roger Heins, General Manager, Farnam Livestock Products 
Jerry Kane, Vice President, First National Bank of Chicago 
James W. Kent, Vice President, L. William Teweles 8 Co. 
Al Kern, Vice President of Commercial Development 8 Marketing, 

Mycogen Corporation 
Emmetl J. Scherrman, President, LeaseAmerica Corporation 
Charlie Scholes, Vice President, Marketing, Vicon 
Charles E. Seaton, President, Vigoro Industries, Inc. 
James Slpforskl, President, National FFA Alumni 
Lynnville Smith, Vice President, Purchasing 8 Distribution, Carnation 

Company 
George C. Thornton, General Manager, Administration 8 Control, ICI 

Americas Inc. 
Gerald Welch, Senior Vice President 8 General Manager, Agricultural 

Division, The Upjohn Company 

1990-91 

Olln N. Andrews, Jr., Chairman, CEO 8 President, Farmers Hybrid 

Companies, Inc. 
Dr. Mark Atwood, Vice President Agricultural Division, American 

Cyanamid Company 
Frank C. "Buzz" Baker, President, CMF8Z Cedar Rapids 
George S. Dahlman, Managing Director 8 Senior Research Analyst, 

Piper, Jaffray 8 Hopwood Incorporated 
Nick Hein, Director Marketing 8 Sales North American Agricultural 

Products Department, Dow Chemical U.S.A. 
Mark S. Hodgson, President 8 CEO, Northrup King Co. 
Phillip J. James, President, United Agn Products 
Kenneth W. Kemp, Vice President, Marketing Agricultural Division, 

CIBA-GEIGY Corporation 
Edward L McMillan, President 8 CEO, Purina Mills, Inc. 
Butch L. Mercer, Product Manager, Cattle Biologicals, Norden 

Laboratories 
Joslah Phelps, President Elect, National FFA Alumni 
Robert W. Pritchard, Manager, Public Relations, DEKALB Genetics 

Corporation 

18 



sors are proposing programs 
useful to preparing members for 
employment and leadership in 
the ever-changing industry. 

"Members should come to 
look at the foundation as a 
partner," Staller said. "We'll 
provide the awards and recogni- 
tion if you do the work. This 
partnership will produce better 
men and women, better ag 
leaders, and finally, stronger 
agriculture," he added. 



35 Year Sponsor 

Southern States Cooperative 

25 Year Sponsors 

Associated Milk Producers, 

Incorporated 
Richard S. Auchincloss 
Gaylord Donnelley 
Indiana Farm Bureau 

Cooperative Association, 

Incorporated 
The Sherwin-Williams 

Foundation 

15 Year Sponsors 

American Breeders Service 
The American Morgan Horse 

Institute, Incorporated 
Calcot, Ltd. 

Caterpillar Tractor Company 
Fermenta ASC Corporation 
Ronald N. Goddard 
Golden Harvest Seeds, 

Incorporated 
Enos B. Heisey 
Lewistown State Bank 
Glenn D. Luedke 
Milk Specialties Company 
National Association 

Supervisors of 

Agricultural Education 
R.S. Owens & Company 
David Phillipson 
J. Paul Taber 
Wilbur L. Townsend 
Vermeer Manufacturing 

Company 
Wholesale Nursery Growers of 

America, Incorporated 
Donald H. Zarley 



FFA — LEADING THE CHALLENGE 



KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI 



National FFA Foundation 



Hennesy Leads Foundation into New Decade 




Thomas Hennesy, 1990 National FFA Foundation Sponsors' Board and T5C Stores 
chairman, puts in overtime speaking with FFA members after Thursday night's session of 
the National FFA Convention. 



Distinguished Service 
Citations 



Four companies were 
awarded Distinguished Service 
Citations at the Thursday after- 
noon session. Selected by the 
National FFA Board of Directors 
in July, potential recipient com- 
panies are nominated by state 
and national leaders. 

Although the FFA is a stu- 
dent organization, it could not 
survive without financial and 
personal support from compa- 
nies and their representatives. 
The Distinguished Service 
Award recognizes companies 
who have made a long-term 
commitment to the improve- 
ment of agricultural education 
and the FFA. 

Mitsui Grain Corp., 
Mitsui & Co., Ltd. 

The Mitsui Grain Corporation, 
Mitsui & Co., Ltd. has funded the 
National Officer International Experi- 
ence Program for 10 years. Besides 
making monetary donations, company 
employees in Tokyo have spent many 
long hours meeting with national 
officers. Mitsui Grain Corporation, 
Mitsui & Co., Ltd. officials have been 
active participants in the National FFA 
Foundation, serving several terms on 
the board. 

Carnation Company 

The Carnation Company has 
sponsored a variety of activities from 
National FFA Band, Sheep Production 
proficiency Awards and Ag Ed Net- 



work to national FFA convention 
speakers and state/regional confer- 
ences. Currently, the company sup- 
ports Agricultural Processing profi- 
ciency and General Fund programs. 
Lynnville Smith is serving on the 
National FFA Foundation Board and 
Clarke A. Nelson was the 1978 board 
chair. Other Carnation Company 
personnel have judged national 
contests and hosted national FFA 
officer visits. 

The Firestone Trust 
Fund 

For 45 years, the Firestone Trust 
Fund has supported the FFA monetar- 
ily and with leadership in the National 
FFA Foundation. Horace O. Millhone 
was the first foundation board chair in 
1947- '48. The Firestone Trust Fund has 
sponsored agricultural mechanics 
scholarships and has been the sole 
sponsor of the National FFA Agricul- 
tural Mechanics contest since its 
inception 16 years ago. The fund 
sponsored the 50th anniversary FFA 
film in 1977. 

Upjohn Company, 
Agricultural Division 

Through its subsidiary company, 
Asgrow Seed, the Upjohn Company, 
Agricultural Division has had an 
international impact by providing 
seeds to FFA brother organizations in 
Panama and Colombia. A 20-year 
National FFA Foundation sponsor, the 
Upjohn Company, Agricultural 
Division has supplied a board chair, 
and Gerald Welch is currently a 
member of the Sponsors' Board. 



"Going to the convention 
becomes a labor of love," said 
Thomas Hennesy, chairman of 
TSC Stores and the 1990 Na- 
tional FFA Foundation Spon- 
sors' Board. "I like to see the 
quality and caliber of members 
who attend the convention." 

Hennesy became involved 
with the FFA and foundation 
board four years ago when his 
company sponsored a $25,000 
scholarship to return some of 
their own good fortune to their 
customers. 

Besides promoting goodwill 
to customers, Hennesy enjoys 
working with the foundation 
and the FFA. 

"I gain personal satisfaction 
by contributing to such a great 
character-building organiza- 
tion." he said. "I always thought 
of the FFA as a farm organiza- 
tion, but it really develops and 
enhances character. 

"I believe there is a lower 
incidence of crime and substance 
abuse among the youth who are 
FFA members. Most FFA mem- 
bers have a purpose in life-a 
goal to fulfill that gives them a 
focus," he said. 

Hennesy lives in a suburban 
town outside Nashville. "I wish 
we had a local chapter so that I 
could see close-hand FFA ideals 
and activities at work. 

"The FFA and its members 
have refreshed me, made me 
realize the youth of America are 
not all bad," he said. "A portion 
of America's youth still has high 
standards, integrity and morals. 
FFA members have shown me 
that not all youth have pink hair 
that sticks out and listen to 



heavy metal music. Not that 
heavy metal music is bad, but 
working with an element that 
still goes to church and has old- 
fashioned values gives me great 
personal satisfaction," Hennesy 
said. 

In addition to the obvious 
goal of raising even more money 
next year as foundation chair, 
Hennesy hopes to gain more ex- 
posure for the FFA. 

"Not enough people are 
aware of FFA. When I joined the 
foundation board and came to 
Kansas City, I asked myself 
'Why haven't I seen blue jackets 
before now? Where have they 
been all this time?' 

"Before I was a member of 
the foundation board, I knew 
nothing of the organization. I 
thought it was just a farm or- 
ganization. But the focus of FFA 
is changing. That needs to be 
conveyed to others, especially 
sponsors who we're trying to get 
to dig into their pockets." 

Hennesy believes an impor- 
tant part of foundation fund- 
raising rests on the shoulders of 
FFA members. 

"There are no sweeter words, 
except perhaps 'I love you,' than 
'thank you,'" Hennesy said. "A 
piece of stationery and a 25-cent 
stamp can go a long way. If each 
member picks one company and 
writes a thank-you letter... 
imagine how a company presi- 
dent would feel receiving 40,000 
thank-you letters? They're not 
necessarily looking for a direct 
response at the cash register, but 
acknowledgement for their con- 
tributions." 




Accepting Distinguished Service Citations on behalf of their companies were, from left, 
Jerry Nunn, Firestone Trust Fund; Ron Miller, Upjohn Company, Agricultural 
Division; Seiji Shichiri, Mitsui Grain Corporation; and Lynnville Smith, 
Carnation Company. 



FFA — LEADING THE CHALLENGE 



KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI 



Prepared Public Speaking 



Sponsored by 
FMC Foundation 

Finals of the National FFA 
Prepared Public Speaking Con- 
test took place in a packed arena 
Friday night between presenta- 
tions of agricultural proficiency 
awards. Four regional finalists 
competed for the top spot in 
prepared communications. 

Each speaker gave a six-to- 
eight minute presentation and 
answered questions posed by a 
panel of judges. 

The four finalists received 
plaques and cash awards — $200 
for fourth place, $250 for third 
place, $275 for second place, and 
$300 to the national winner. 

National Winner: 

Krista Fritz, Poland, Ind. 

Second Place: 

Julie Carabia, Knoxville, Tenn. 

Third Place: 

Anne Kemp, Mt. Airy, Md. 

Fourth Place: 

Zach Brady, Abilene, Texas 



Farm Animals Or Food Machines 




Krista D. Fritz 

Animal Agriculture! Think about it! 
What do you sec? A small family farm with 
its red barn, a few chickens in the yard, 
some pigs wallowing in the mud and a cow 
grazing in a lush green pasture? Or do you 
see a sterile, mechanized, emotionless "food 
factory" where they produce animals as 
though they are parts on an assembly line? 
Fortunately, neither of these pictures is 
completely correct. 

Today, animal agriculture in the United 
States is a dynamic specialized industry, 
which is envied by the rest of the world. 
"Our nation's agriculture is unique, 
considering it requires only 3 percent to 
feed 100 percent of the population as 
efficiently and effectively as it does. As con- 
sumers, Americans are the most economi- 
cally fed population that exists. 

'The key to this efficiency? The best 
cared-for livestock and poultry in the 
world." Thanks to billions of dollars being 
spent on private and governmental 
research toward raising quality livestock, 
we now have improved animal housing 
facilities, management practices, and 
healthy, nutritious feeds. In the ever- 
changing realm of animal agriculture, 
livestock producers have two primary 
concerns. First, their concern for providing 
the highest quality, safest food in the world 
and second, their concern for the welfare of 
the animals. 

"One of the best strongholds of animal 
welfare in our culture is the farmer. As a 
result of an increasingly urban society, our 
contact with farm animals is limited." This 
limitation is resulting in a lack of under- 
standing about the actual needs and roles of 
domestic farm animals. 

Currently, some animal interest groups 
are initiating a criticism of modern food 
animal production. These groups are 
supporting issues that are sometimes 
emotional, distorted and designed to 
convince the public that livestock producers 
no longer treat their animals as animals, but 
as "food machines." These "animal rights" 
activists, as they arc called, are going so far 
as to propose legislation against what they 
consider inhumane treatment of animals, 
which would cause animal agriculture, as 
we know it, to drastically change, or in 
some cases, cease altogether. 



"Farmers in Massachusetts have 
successfully defeated a state ballot question, 
71 percent to 29 percent, that would have 
given nonfarmers a big say in how livestock 
producers in that state manage their 
animals. 

'The battle started when an animal 
rights group called CEASE, the Coalition to 
End Animal Suffering and Exploitation, 
launched a petition drive that pushed the 
proposal onto the November ballot in the 
form of a referendum question. They were 
able to persuade people to sign the petition 
by asking one simple question, 'Do you 
support humane treatment of animals?'" 
The proposal, known as question three, 
called for a five-member advisory board 
that would be responsible for setting up 
regulations on animal feeding, transporta- 
tion, housing and slaughter. CEASE also 
wanted animal rights organizations to have 
approval power over four out of the the 
five positions on that board. 

"Steve Kopperud, a spokesperson for the 
Farm Animal Welfare Coalition, which is a 
national organization representing livestock 
producers and agribusinesses on the animal 
rights issue, said, 'It was a very clever tactic 
on CEASE's part. They were asking an 
uninitiated, largely urban public to make a 
judgement on something of which they had 
virtually no knowledge and understand- 
ing — animal husbandry practices.'" 

Although the livestock producers and 
agribusinesses won the battle in Massachu- 
setts, the animal rights activists feel that 
they are ahead in winning the war. Some 
may feel that the words battle and war are 
much too extreme to use when discussing 
this issue, but the animal rights activists 
have put what were once just fierce words, 
into frightening actions. What once was just 
a theoretical animal rights issue has now 
become a threatening reality to agriculture. 

"On January 29, 1989, flames leapt 
through the Dixon Livestock Auction in 
Dixon, California." The fire destroyed 
primarily the sheep and hog rings of what 
was one of the largest livestock auctions in 
California. "An animal rights group 
aligning itself with the well-known 
environmental group. Earth First!, claimed 
responsibility for the quarter of a million 
dollars in damages." 

Another incident that recently took place 
was at the headquarters of the California 
Cattlemen's Association. Slogans deroga- 



Computers in Agriculture 



Sponsored by General 
Fund of the National FFA 
Foundation, Inc. 

The Computers in Agricul- 
ture competition is designed to 
reward students developing 
their computer expertise and 
putting their knowledge to work 
in a practical way. 

National winner Mark Pleis, 
17, has his own software com- 
pany. Besides writing and sell- 
ing software programs, he has 
found several ways to apply his 
computer skills on his family's 
dairy farm. He developed a feed 
distribution system for a dairy 
bam and wrote an operating 
system. 

Each of the eight finalists 
made a 10-minute presentation 
before a panel of judges on 
Wednesday. All received a $250 
travel award and a certificate. 
The national winner received 



$500 and a plaque and the run- 
ner-up received $250 and a 
plaque. 

National Winner: 

Mark Pleis, Fairbank, Iowa 

Runner-Up: 

Neal Deremer, Beaver Crossing, 
Neb. 

Finalists: 

CALIFORNIA: Susan Richards, LeGrand 
CONNECTICUT: Jon Jonelis, Somers 
IOWA: Mark Pleis, Fairbank 
MISSOURI: Michael K. Parks, Clinton 
NEBRASKA: Neal Deremer, Beaver Crossing 
PENNSYLVANIA: Lynetle C. Duell, Westfield 
SOUTH CAROLINA: Paul Collins, Nichols 
UTAH: Corbin Evans, Lehi 

State Winners: 

ALABAMA: Glenn Lanier II, Castleberry 
COLORADO: Brady S. McElroy, Hasty 
DELAWARE: Lisa Abbott, Newark 
FLORIDA: Tim Weber, Sarasola 
GEORGIA: Shawn L. Wertz, Bremen 
IDAHO: Cindy Banks, Troy 



ILLINOIS: Jason Newell, Belle Rive 
INDIANA: Sandra A. Davis, Colfax 
KANSAS: Van E. Underwood, Mankato 
KENTUCKY: Gregory L. Willoughby, Scottsville 
LOUISIANA: Kelly Jones, Denham Springs 
MAINE: Mark Madore, Caribou 
MASSACHUSETTS: Arnold J. Fedelia, 
Attleboro 

MICHIGAN: Stephen Dailey, Port Hope 
MINNESOTA: Chad D. Bot, Cottonwood 
MONTANA: Jay Boysun, Wolf Point 
NEVADA: Darla Sims, Wells 
NEW MEXICO: Jason Richards, Animas 
NEW YORK: Mark Brown, Canton 
NORTH CAROLINA: Dwighl A. Corriher, China 
Grove 

NORTH DAKOTA: Todd J. Rethemeier, Arvilla 
OHIO: Clay Cameron, Lyons 
OKLAHOMA: Jason Herring, Tipton 
OREGON: Jason L. Hargis, Amity 
SOUTH DAKOTA: Sean Lesnar, Roslyn 
TENNESSEE: Alan Richeson, Niota 
TEXAS: Brad Seidel, Westort 
VIRGINIA: Rich Lantz, Middletown 
WASHINGTON: Mandy Harryman, Snohomish 
WEST VIRGINA: Eric Stanley, Kenna 
WISCONSIN: John F. Rick, Baraboo 
WYOMING: Lance A. Lind, Lyman 



tory to the livestock industry were 
spraypainted on the front of the building 
and a brick with a Molotov cocktail was 
thrown through the front door. "During the 
past 18 months more than 60 acts of 
violence have been committed in California 

Now that the animal rights issue has 
drawn the public's attention, don't expect it 
to disappear. 'The 400 animal rights groups 
in this country have a S200 million base and 
the radical end of the movement has 
already vandalized numerous livestock 
facilities in recent years." 

Being a livestock producer myself, I am 
compelled to ask myself this question, 
"Should I be concerned with these incidents 
that are happening on the east and west 
coasts?" The answer is a definite yes! 
Simply because the action is on the coasts, 
we cannot assume that there are no animal 
rights groups plotting a movement here in 
the Midwest. 

All livestock producers must be pre- 
pared to confront this issue. We not only 
have to defend consumption of our product 
and the practices we use, but we must also 
discharge the misconceptions that seem to 
overshadow animal agriculture. Animal 
rights groups are using these misconcep- 
tions to misinform the public. 

"According to the publication Myths and 
Facts about Animal Agriculture, published by 
the Farm Animal Welfare Coalition, two of 
the most prominent misconceptions are as 
follows: 'Farm animals are routinely raised 
on factory farms, confined in crowded, un- 
ventilated cages and sheds.' 

'The truth is, animals are generally kept 
in bams or other sanitary production units 
to protect the health and welfare of the 
animal. Housing protects animals from 
predators, disease and bad weather or 
extreme climate. Housing also makes 
breeding and birth less stressful, protects 
young animals and makes it easier for 
farmers to care for both the healthy and the 
sick animals." 

'The second misconception is that The 
average U.S. farm animal is fed whatever 
the farmer happens to have available, 
without regard to what the animal needs 
for good health.' The average U.S. farm 
animal, from the standpoint of nutrition, 
eats better than the average U.S. citizen. 
While most people don't realize how many 
calories they consume in a day, feed manu- 
facturers and farmers sec that each farm 



By what 1 have illustrated in these 
examples, it is obvious that in order for 
livestock producers to win the war against 
the animal rights activists, we must educate 
our public and set the record straight! By 
utilizing our animal agriculture related or- 
ganizations, such as the National 
Cattlemen's Association, National Pork 
Producers Association and the Farm 
Animal Welfare Coalition, we can conduct 
a campaign that will educate the public 
while protecting our interests. 

But not only must we fight this issue on 
the national level, we must also fight it on 
the local level. Ways in which we can 
convey the message of the farmer on the 
local level include having livestock produc- 
ers debate this issue on radio and TV, 
speaking to civic groups, visiting urban 
areas to distribute literature to consumers 
and the use of billboards. 

If the correct impression about animal 
agriculture is to be left to the public, it's 
quite obvious that it's up to the livestock 
producers and agribusinesses. We can no 
longer assume that the public understands 
our industry just as we can no longer 
assume that the animal rights issue will die. 
As long as the animal rights activists keep 
misinforming the public, this issue will stay 
on an emotional level. In order to avoid this 
situation, we must not allow the public to 
dwell on the question, "Is today's animal 
agriculture producing farm animals or food 



FFA — LEADING THE CHALLENGE 



KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI 



Extemporaneous Speaking 



Science and Technology: 
Creating a New Era in Agriculture 



Jenny Thomas, 
California 

World Population Expected to 
Boom. Pesticide Issues Heat Up. 
Agricultural Producers Producing 
Food in Space. Those are just a few of 
the countless headlines we find 
printed in papers nationally, as well 
as internationally. 

The American farmer has en- 
dured the struggles of former years 
and is now facing one of the most 
exciting periods in the history of 
agriculture. Yes, if s true that our 
society has called upon the American 
farmer once again to meet the de- 
mands and the needs of the con- 
sumer. And yes, I feel that the 
American agricultural producer is 
ready for this challenge. For we are 
truly embarking upon a new era — an 
era of science and technology that 
will change American industries 
forever. 

You see, today, with the new 
advancements that are coming out, 
technology is expected to have many 
effects on the agricultural industry. It 
will change and revolutionize our in- 
dustry. One of the main effects it will 
definitely have on the agriculture 
producer is that technology is going 
to enable the producer to produce 
more food. More food, you say? Yes, 
more food. With the population 
expected to rise to 6.2 billion people 
by the year 2000, it is true that the 
American farmer will need to keep 
up with this demand and to fill the 
demands of the consumer. 

Now, the second thing we'll see 
in this new era is the ability to make 
our products more marketable. It is 
true that the American consumer has 
changed its wants and needs for food 
and fiber over the past decade. And 
the American agricultural system 
needs to continue to adjust to these 
programs and needs. No longer will 
we be seeing food and fiber made 
solely from what we've had in the 
past, but from new technologies such 
as hydroponics and genetic engineer- 
ing, new machinery and even com- 
puter sciences. 

Yes, if s true that we will be able 
to make our products more market- 
able. We will be able to produce the 
food the consumer wants. And not 
only will we be producing for the 
consumer, we will be using our 
commodities to produce for various 
industries. For example, imagine 
corn being used to produce alcohol, 
ethanol and even plastics. And 
soybeans being used to produce 
paint. 




The third effect 
we'll feel in the agricul- 
ture industry with 
science and technology 
in this new period is 
making agriculture 
safer. It seems like the 
pesticide issue is one of 
the hottest topics in 
America now, but 
through the use of 
technology such as 
integrated pest man- 
agement, we will be 
able to strengthen our 
agricultural system, 
providing food and 
fiber that is safer for the 
-consumer, for the 
farmers and for the 
farm workers. 

We are in a new era 
of agriculture, an era that all of us are than we have experienced in the past 
shaping as productive and progres- few years. And I know that there are 
sive agriculturists. I feel that over the challenges ahead for the American 
next decade we will see even more farmer, but that, yes, he will continue 

changes in the agricultural industry to meet the demand and supply for 
theAi 



Sponsored by 
American Farm Bureau 
Federation 

During a special session held 
Thursday at 12:30, FFA's extem- 
poraneous speaking contest 
finalists prepared and presented 
six- to eight-minute speeches to 
a panel of judges. The FFA mem- 
bers had only 30 minutes to 
assemble their remarks. At the 
completion of their speeches, the 
finalists fielded questions from 
the judges. 

The national winner received 
$300, second place $275, third 
place $250 and fourth place $200. 
Each participant received a 
plaque. 

National Winner: 

Jenny Thomas, 
Bodfish, Calif. 

Second Place: 

Mark A. Voors, 
Woodburn, Ind. 

Third Place: 

Jeffrey Lee Ryan, 
Mechanicsville, Va. 

Fourth Place: 

Eric Lowery, Wray, Ga. 



VIP Citations 




At Friday morning's session, the FFA honored seven individuals 
for their outstanding service to FFA and agricultural education. 
All were awarded VIP Citations in recognition of their contribu- 
tions. From left: Clinton O. Jacobs, professor emeritus, the 



of National Programs, Office of Vocational and Adult Education, 
U.S. Department of Education; John H. Rodgers, head emeritus 
and professor emeritus of agricultural education, Clemson 
University; Richard Strangeway, executive director of the 



University of Arizona; Warren G. Kelly, professor emeritus. West Agriculture Teachers Association of New Yorkand state FFA 
Virginia University; H.O. Kunkel, professor of life sciences, Texas coordinator; Donald E. Wilson, former California FFA advisor. 
A & M University; Duane M. Nielsen, deputy director, Division 



FFA— LEADING THE CHALLENGE 



KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI 



Honorary American 
FFA Degrees 



Honorary membership was 
bestowed upon teachers and 
other adults who have given 
significantly of themselves for 
the advancement of FFA. These 
supporters were recognized on 
Friday morning with the bright- 
ly ribboned Honorary American 
FFA key and certificate. 

ALABAMA: H Lloyd Borden, Auburn; Gary D. 
Jackson, Birmingham 
CALIFORNIA: David Austin, Sacramento; 
James Leising, Davis; Leland Ruth, Sacra- 
mento; Keilh V. Smith, Oakland; Rose A. Vuich, 
Sacramento 

CONNECTICUT: Richard G. Rausch, Hartford 
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Dottie Click, 
Washington; Paul E. Kindinger, Washington; 
Roland R Vautour, Washington; Judy Kaplan 
Wener, Washington 

FLORIDA: Wayne Johnson, Dover; Launa 
Johnson, Dover 

GEORGIA: James L. Butler, Tilton; W. Paul 
Dixon, Statesboro; Leonard M. Thompson, 
Titlon; Lulher W. Wilkes, Jetterson; Ed Word, 
Atlanta 

IDAHO: Trudy Anderson, Boise; Norman F. 
Hurst, Burley; W.E Isom, Fruitland; Patricia 
Isom, Fruitland; Horace Morrill, Pocatello 
ILLINOIS: Nicholas C. Babson, Naperville; 
David Cattron, Joliel; Altred F. Kemnitz, Normal; 
Michael Wilson, Decatur 
INDIANA: Melvm D. Hollmgsworth, Indian- 
apolis; Phillip K. Kreegar, Indianapolis 
IOWA: Alan L, O'Neal. Des Moines; Anton 
Tometich, Muscatine; Marilyn Tomelich, 
Muscatine 

KANSAS: Andrea L. Corbin, Bonner Springs; 
Lee W. Doyen, Concordia 
KENTUCKY: Robert Chambliss, Hardinsburg; 
Janel Chambliss, Hardinsburg 
LOUISIANA: John R. Janes, Oak Grove: 
Sheilda K, Janes, Oak Grove 
MAINE: J, Kenneth Blackstone, Caribou 
MARYLAND: Martha Clark, Glen Elg; C. Lester 
Dudrow. Frederick; Boyd F, Robinson Jr., 
Baltimore; Richard J. Sauer, Chevy Chase; 
Larry E. Stewart, College Park 
MASSACHUSETTS: Harry L. Adriance, W. 
Springfield 

MICHIGAN: Louise Courier, Alma; William 
Courter, Alma 

MINNESOTA: Kenneth Austin, Owalonna; 
Stanley L, Droogsma, Golden Valley; Noel K. 
Estenson, St. Paul; Leo Keskmen, Grand 
Rapids; Thomas D. Larson, SI. Paul; Donavon 
C. Loeslie, Red Lake Falls; Vernon L. Moore, 
Minneapolis; Leland C. Thiesen, Mounlain 
Lake; Robert G.Wells, Austin 
MISSOURI: Rebecca Bryant, Kansas Cily; 
William Bushmeyer, Warrensburg; Cart Hubbell, 
Kansas City; Larry Nicholson, Kansas City; 
Linda Shetina, Kansas City; Stephen G. Trent, 
Kansas City 

MONTANA: Taylor Brown, Billings 
NEBRASKA: Ted E. Harlung, Lincoln; David 
Howe, Lincoln; Alvin F. Snyder DVM, Bridge- 
port; David Soukup, Spencer; Linda Soukup, 
Spencer 

NEW HAMPSHIRE: Thomas P. Fairchild, 
Durham 

NEW JERSEY: G. Richard Lange, Columbus 
NORTH CAROLINA: K.C. Beavers III, Raleigh; 
Diedre Dyer, Winston-Salem; Robert W. 
McLamb, Roseboro; Rena McLamb, Roseboro; 
Doug Powell, Raleigh; Norfleet L. Sugg, 
Rocky Mount 



NORTH DAKOTA: Tammy Meyer, Bismarck 

OHIO: Marvin Boerger, Irwin; Karen Boerger, 

Irwin; Jane Butler, Delaware; Frederick E. 

Hutchinson, Columbus; William L. Phillis, 

Columbus 

OKLAHOMA: Ann Benson, Stillwater; Michael 

K. Boggs, Stillwater; Wesley Holley, 

Stillwater; Emest Overton, Pond Creek; Joyce 

Overton, Pond Creek 

OREGON: William B. Wolfe, Hermiston; Lou A. 

Wolfe, Hermiston 

PENNSYLVANIA: William Good, Yardley; 

Donna Good, Yardley; James W. Hilton, 

University Park; Donald L. Mincemoyer, 

University Park: Owen Robbins, Philadelphia 

SOUTH CAROLINA: Harry S. Bell, Columbia; 

Oavid L. Tindal, Columbia; Donnie Todd, Longs; 

Carol Todd, Longs; Charlie G. Williams, 

Columbia 

SOUTH DAKOTA: Lorin R. Catchpole, 

Lemmon; J.D. Lynd, Huron 

TENNESSEE: BiHie G. Hamby. Benton; L.H. 

Ivy. Nashville; C.N. Womack, McMinnville 

TEXAS: Jay Eudy, Austin 

VIRGINIA: Mavis G. Crum. Alexandria; Gerald 

Devers, Alexandria; James Stern Jr., 

Machipongo; Nancy Stern, Machipongo; 

Harnet F. Verzagt. Alexandria; 

George E. Verzagl, Alexandria 



WEST VIRGINA: Slacy A. Gartin, Morgantown; 
Robed H. Maxwell. Morgantown 
WISCONSIN: Fritz A. Albert, Madison; M. Gene 
Pressnall, Madison; James Sipiorski, Green 
Bay; Leonard L. Splett. Barron 
WYOMING: Tom Parker, Torrington 

Teachers 

ALABAMA: Don F. Britnell, Ml. Hope; Randy P. 
Britnell, Arab; Darwin S. Siniard, Lester; 
Thomas L. Strickland, Gardendale 
ARIZONA: Pat V. English, Ellnda 
GEORGIA: David H. Garrard. Washington; 
Charles A. Magill, Dallas 
IDAHO: Jay C. Mortensen, Blackloot 
ILLINOIS: Phillip E. Brown, Harvard 
INDIANA: Larry Clodfelter, Crawfordsville; Ken 
Salkeld, Hanover 

IOWA: Jerry W Chizek, Manson; Brad 
Greiman. Algona; Galen R. Zumbach, Creslon 
MASSACHUSETTS: Edward A. While, Ipswich 
MICHIGAN: Carl Kieser, Sebewaing 
MINNESOTA: Wayne Flynn, Worlhinglon; J. 
Meldon Klosler, Luverne; Gerald W. McConkey, 
Round Lake; Dwam N Vangsness, Adams 
MISSOURI: Rick Borgmann, Owensville; 
William K. Mallory, Bowling Green; 
Joe Rowland, Tipton; Edward D. Stephens, 



Carthage 

NEBRASKA: Jack Broderick, Seward; Mike 

Davis, Chappell 

NEW JERSEY: Bryan N, Leh, Belvidere 

NORTH CAROLINA: Herman G. Croom Jr., 

Pikeville; Benjamin D. Forrest III, Washington; 

Joseph P. Gore, Whiteville; Carlton M. Jenkins, 

Deep Run 

NORTH DAKOTA: Frank Manderteld. 

Washburn 

OHIO: Charles L. Flint, New Philadelphia; Larry 

L. Heintz, Oak Harbor; Robed L. Hoffman, 

Bellevue; Timothy Reiched, Johnstown; Don 

Van Noslran, Albany 

OKLAHOMA: Kenny Beams, Kingfisher; R.J. 

Curry, Marlow; Verlin Goodson, Yukon; Don 

Morris, Bokchito 

OREGON: Gale Wilson, Elgin 

TEXAS: Stanley Blackwell, Coahoma; David 

Douglas. McGregor; George L. McAllister, 

Jourdanton 

UTAH: Marion Manwill, Payson 

VIRGINIA: Albert H. Carter, Appomattox; 

Wayne Combs, Hillsville 

WASHINGTON: Gary M. Parkert, Enumclaw; 

Clinton L. Sams, Othello 

WISCONSIN: Carlton L. Austin, Fennimore; 

Merle J. Richter, Bloomer 

WYOMING: James T. Bohn, Sheridan 




Mavis Crum, staffer at the National FFA Center, is one of many friends of FFA lobe 
honored with the Honorary American FFA Degree. 



Michael Wilson, managing editor of Prairie 
Farmer magazine, was awarded the 
Honorary American FFA Degree for service 
to FFA. 



FFA— LEADING THE CHALLENGE 



KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI 



National FFA 
Alumni Association 



As thousands of blue cordu- 
roy jackets descended upon 
downtown Kansas City, so did 
blue sport coats for the 18th 
Annual FFA Alumni Conven- 
tion. 

The Jacket Club recognizes 
states with membership that has 
increased by 50 since the previ- 
ous convention. States admitted 
into the Jacket Club were Con- 
necticut, Florida, Iowa, Kansas, 
New York, North Dakota, Okla- 
homa, West Virginia and Wyo- 
ming. 

Alumni delegates elected 
Josiah Phelps, Fort Valley, Ga., 
their 1989-90 National FFA 
Alumni president. Other newly 
elected officers are: Roxann 
Sommers, London, Ohio, vice 
president; June Dean, Sperry, 
Okla., western representative, 
and Virgil Martinson, 
Stoughton, Wis., central repre- 
sentative. Past president Jim 
Sipiorski, Green Bay, Wis., and 
eastern representative Mark 
Williams, Oviedo, Fla., will 
remain on the National FFA 
Alumni Council for the coming 
year. 

Following Wednesday's 
action-packed business meet- 
ings, the association closed its 
convention with the 4th annual 
FFA Alumni Auction, raising 
more than $33,000 to support the 
FFA. 

The National FFA Founda- 
tion assisted the alumni in the 
donation of three major items. 

A 1990 Silverado four-wheel- 
drive pickup truck donated by 
Chevrolet Motor Division 
brought the highest bid — 
$17,100. Don and Dean Ramsey 
of Blue and Gold Sausage Co., 
Jones, Okla., purchased the blue 
and gold truck complete with 
FFA emblems. 

A four-wheel-drive all- 
terrain vehicle, donated by 
Yamaha Motor Corporation, 
U.S.A. was purchased by Ken 
Curry, Unionville, Mich., for 
$2,025. 

Dick and Sue Krull-Schultz, 
Chilton, Wis., offered the high 
bid of $1,150 for a tool chest 
donated by Snap-on Tools Cor- 
poration. 

Patz Sales Incorporated con- 
tributed a 30-foot conveyor belt 
that was purchased for $1,200 by 
Dan Brown, Gillett, Wis. 

The Yoap family of Pound, 
Wis., and Eugene Adler, Bowl- 
ing Green, Ohio, served as 
auctioneers for more than 300 
items collected by Kim Natzke, 
Bonduel, Wis. 

Although the last "Sold!" 





confirmed the end of the FFA 
Alumni convention, the associa- 
tion continued playing an im- 
portant role in the week's activi- 
ties. 

The FFA Alumni association 
sponsored the popular national 
leadership workshops, provid- 
ing members with one-hour 
sessions designed to develop 
leadership skills, in Bartle Hall. 
Workshops Chair Odell Miller of 
Marysville, Ohio, scheduled the 
presenters: Scott McKain, 
1974-75 national FFA secretary, 
Indiana; Mark Mayfield, 1973-74 
national FFA president, Kansas; 
Kelli Evans, 1987-88 national 
FFA president, Nebraska; Terri 
Hames, 1987-88 national FFA 
vice president, Oklahoma; Kevin 
Yost, 1986-87 national FFA 
secretary, Nebraska; Rick Malir, 
1985-86 national FFA president, 
Kansas; Kevin Eblen, 1986-87 
national FFA president, Iowa, 
and Dean Harder, 1986-87 
national FFA vice president, 
Minnesota. 



FFA Alumni elected their first black president 
during the Wednesday business session, 
josiah Phelps, above, a former state executive 
secretary of the New Farmers of America 
(NFA), also served the Georgia FFA as a state 
leader for 14 years before retiring in 1982, 
NFA was the organization of black vocational 
agriculture students which merged with FFA 
in 1965. Left, former national officers Scott 
McKain and Mark Mayfield provided a 
humorous experience for participants in their 
alumni workshop. 



Awards 

Alan Mazna, Denmark, Wis., Gary Maricle, Columbia, Mo., and 
Ralph Barnett, Humboldt, Tenn., were honored as the FFA Alumni 
Outstanding Achievement Award recipients. 

The Milton and Denmark chapters, both of Wisconsin, earned 
first and second place honors, respectively, in the Outstanding FFA 
Alumni Affiliate competition. 

In addition, 33 affiliates were recognized as Outstanding FFA 
Alumni Affiliates: 



Gold 

Bushnell-Praine City, III. 
West Bend Hawkeye, Iowa 
New Ulm, Minn. 
Denmark, Wis. 
Milton. Wis. 

Silver 
Hill City, Kan. 
Apollo, Ky. 
Homer, Mich. 
Norfolk, Neb. 
Scottsblutl, Neb. 
Finley-Sharon, N.D. 
New Lexington, Ohio 
Frederick Co., Va. 
Blackhawk, Wis. 
Bonduel, Wis. 
Mauston, Wis. 
Pulaski, Wis. 



Bronze 

Sebnng, Fla. 
Barrow County, Ga. 
Delta. Ind. 
North Polk, Iowa 
Wamego, Kan. 
Washington, Kan. 
Westmoreland, Kan. 
Milan, Mo. 
Clyde Park, Mont. 
Fullerton, Neb. 
South Rowan, N.C. 
Manor, Pa. 
Lexington, Tenn. 
Pomeroy, Wash. 
Yelm/Rainier, Wash. 
Trailblazer, Wyo. 



FFA — LEADING THE CHALLENGE 



KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI 



National Agricultural Career Show 



The Agricultural Career 
Show was officially 
opened by Miss America, 
Debbye Turner and 
national officers Brad 
Chambliss, Dana Soukup 
and Warren Boerger. 
George Verzagt, far left, 
has managed the educa- 
tional trade show for 13 
years and was recognized 
with the Honorary FFA 




Exhibitors 



Agri-Education 

Agricultural Communicators in Education 

Agndata Resources, Inc. 

AgriPro Biosciences Inc 

Air Force Office ol Youth Relations 

Alabama ASM 

Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity 

American Angus Association 

American Association of Nurserymen 

American Breeders Service 

American Cyanamid Company 

American Farm Bureau Federation 

American Fisheries Society 

American Gelbvieh Association 

American Hereford Association 

American Institute of Cooperation 

American International Charolais Association 

American Maine-Anjou Association 

American Morgan Horse Institute 

American Paint Horse Association 

American Polled Herelord Association 

American Quarter Horse Association 

American Salers Association 

American Simmental Association 

American Soybean Association 

American Veterinary Medical Association 

American Yorkshire Club, Inc. 

Amway Corp. 

Anchor Animal health 

Auburn University College of Agriculture 

Babson Bros. Co. 

Bartlett and Company 

Bel-Rea Institute of Animal Technology 

Boden Inc. 

Breaking New Ground 

Briggs & Stratton Corporation 

CARQUEST, Inc. 

CaselH 

Cenex/Land 0' Lakes 

Chevrolet Motor Division 

Chief Wenatctiee 

Coca-Cola, USA 

Communicating tor Agriculture Exchange 

Program 
Community Birthday Calendar 
Cooperative State Research Service 
Cornell University 
Creative Educational Video 
Crosby Donkey Ball Inc. 



Data Transmission Network 

Deere & Company 

Delaware Valley 

Delmar Publishers, Inc. 

Diversilied Marketing Associates, Inc. 

Dodge Truck 

Dow Chemical U.S.A. 

Electronic Flo-Meiers, Inc. 

Farm & Industrial Equipment Institute 

Farm and Ranch Publishers 

Farm Equipment Guide 

Farmhouse International Fraternity 

Farmland Industries, Inc. 

Federal Aviation Administration 

Federal Crop Insurance 

Florida Department ol Citrus 

Food & Drug Administration Center for 

Veterinary Medicine 
Ford Division, Ford Motor Company 
Garden Quick, Inc. 
Golf Course Superintendents Association of 

America 
Hampshire Swine Registry 
Harwood Enterprises 
ICI Americas Incorporated 
Industrial Salely Equipment Association 
International Brangus Breeders Association 
Intertec Publishing Corporation 
Iowa State University 
Kaiser Agncultural Chemicals/Estech (Divisions 

ol Vigoro Industries, Inc.) 
Kansas State University 
Lincoln University 
Louisiana State University 
Michigan State University 
Mid-America Dairymen, Inc. 
Mobay Chemical Corporation 
Modesto Junior College 
Na-Churs Plant Food Company 
National Agricultural Aviation Association 
National Association of State Universities & 

Land Grant Colleges 
National Farm-City Council 
National Food and Energy Council 
National Grain and Feed Association 
National Guard Bureau 
National High School Rodeo Association 
National Pork Producers Council 
National Rifle Associalion 



National Vocational Agricultural Teachers 

Association 
National Weather Service 
North American Limousin Foundation 
North Carolina State University 
Northeast Louisiana University 
Northwest Missouri Slate University 
Ohio Slate University— College of Agriculture 
Ohio State University— Instructional Materials 
Oklahoma CIMC/MAVCC 
Oklahoma State University 
Park College 

Pecan Valley Nut Company, Inc. 
Penn State University 
Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc. 
Pitman-Moore 
Purdue University 

Red Mountain Farms Management Co. 
Remington Arms Company, Inc. 
Rhone-Poulenc Ag Company 
Rieman Publishing 
Runtan National 
Seald-Sweet Growers, Inc. 
Select Sires, Inc. 

Sellslrom Manufacturing Company 
Sheep Industry Development 
Society ol American Florists 
Society ol American Foresters 
Society lor Range Management 
South Western Publishing Co. 
Southeast Community College 
Southern Illinois University 
Southwestern Vocational Technical Institute 
Stone Mfg. S Supply Co. 
Student Conservation Association, Inc. 
Stuppy Greenhouse Manufacturing, Inc. 
Sunkist Growers, Inc. 

Texas A&M University— College ol Agriculture 
Texas A&M University— Instructional Matenals 



Texas Tech University 

Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. 

Tri-Slate Breeders 

U.S. Air Force 

U.S. Army Recruiting Command 

U.S. Coast Guard Recruiting 

U.S. Department ot Agriculture: 

Ag Biotechnology 

Fanners Home Administration 

Forest Service 

Soil Conservation Service 

Take Pride in America 
U.S. Department ot Commerce, Bureau ol 

Census 
U.S. Department ot Education 
U.S. Navy Recruiting Command 
University ol Alaska Fairbanks— SALRM 
University of Florida 
University ol Georgia 
University of Idaho 
University of Illinois 
University of Illinois— Vocational Agriculture 

Services 
University ot Maryland 
University of Minnesota 
University of Missouri— Columbia 
University of Missouri— Instructional Materials 
University ol Nebraska— Lincoln College of 

Agriculture 
University ol Wisconsin 
Upjohn Company 
Vicon 

Virginia Polytechnic Institute & Slate University 
Vocational-Technical Education Consortium ot 

States 
Wildlife Society, Missouri Chapter 
WIX Filters 
Yamaha Motor Corp, USA 



Hall of States 

Alaska, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, 
Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, 
Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, 
New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, 
Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, South Dakota, 
Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia and Wyoming 



FFA — LEADING THE CHALLENGE 



KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI 



National Chapter Safety 



Sponsored by 
Dow Chemical U.S.A. 
and Farm & Industrial 
Equipment Institute 

For 40 years, FFA has been 
rewarding the efforts of chapters 
in promoting safety. Members 
analyze the safety needs of their 
communities and sponsor activi- 
ties to help rectify problems and 
educate people. 

After receiving superior 
rankings within their states, 
chapters were rated by the 
national organization. On 
Thursday morning, recipients of 
gold, silver and bronze awards 
walked across the stage and 
were presented with their prizes. 

GOLD 

ALABAMA: Elkmont; Jacksonville Gold 

ARIZONA: Antelope; Peoria 

ARKANSAS: Hartlord 

COLORADO: Byers 

FLORIDA: Lake Buller Junior; Sarasola Vo-Ag 

ILLINOIS: Blults; Clifton Central; Sycamore; 

Winchester 

INDIANA: Carroll Fort Wayne; Clinton Central; 

Southweslem-Hanover 



IOWA: Buffalo Center Bison; Cascade; Creston 

KANSAS: Colfeyville; Concordia 

KENTUCKY: Spencer County 

MICHIGAN: Laingsburg 

MISSOURI: Carthage; El Dorado Springs; 

McDonald County: Stockton 

MONTANA: Hysham 

NEBRASKA: Franklin; Leigh; Ravenna; 

Schuyler; Superior 

NEVADA: Ruby Mountain 

NEW YORK: Chemung-Tioga Future Conserv 

OHIO: Bowling Green; River Valley; West 

Muskingum 

OKLAHOMA: Alius; Laverne 

SOUTH DAKOTA: Bowdle; Roslyn 

TENNESSEE: Lexington; White House 

TEXAS: Baytown-Robert E. Lee; Ysleta 

VIRGINIA: Broadway; Park View 

WASHINGTON: Elma; Winlock; Yelm 

WISCONSIN: Denmark; Mauslon; New Auburn; 

Pulaski 

SILVER 

ALABAMA: Crossville; Daleville; West 
Limestone 

ARKANSAS: Blevins; Lavaca; Slutlgart 
CALIFORNIA: Mt. Whitney 
FLORIDA: Lake Placid 
GEORGIA: Cook, Newton County 
ILLINOIS: Amboy; Cissna Park 
INDIANA: North Newton; Woodlan 
IOWA: Estherville. Humboldt; Manson; 



Marengo; Orient-Macksburg; Webster City 

KANSAS: Marysville; Miltonvate 

KENTUCKY: Banen County 

LOUISIANA: Larose-Cut Off Junior 

MINNESOTA: Elk River; Winona; Worthington 

MISSOURI: Nevada: Owensville; Union 

MONTANA: Miles City 

NEBRASKA: Blue Hill 

NEW JERSEY: Warren Hills 

NEW MEXICO: Goddard; Raton 

NORTH CAROLINA: North Lenoir 

NORTH DAKOTA: Elgin 

OHIO: Greenville 

PENNSYLVANIA: Lower Dauphin; Spud 

Growers 

SOUTH CAROLINA: Dorman 

SOUTH DAKOTA: Menno 

TEXAS: Brownsboro 

UTAH:Lehi 

VIRGINIA: Essex; Montevideo Intermediate; 

Northampton High; Stonewall Jackson Junior 

WASHINGTON: Mabton 

WEST VIRGINA: Marion County 

WISCONSIN: Boscobel; Clear Lake; Green Bay 

East; Green Bay West; Marion; Monroe; 

Spencer 

WYOMING: Gillette 

BRONZE 

ALABAMA: Brantley; Dale County; R.C. Hatch 

High 

CALIFORNIA: La Puenle Valley ROP 



CONNECTICUT: Rockville 
DELAWARE: Sussex Central 
FLORIDA: Avon Park Senior 
IDAHO: Nolus 

ILLINOIS: Clinton; Franklin Center; 
Georgetown-Ridge Farm; Somonauk-Leland; 
Warsaw 

IOWA: Southeast Warren; Vinton 
KANSAS: Clay Center; Dodge City; Norton; 
Plainville 

LOUISIANA: Elton; South Lafourche 
MAINE: Limestone 
MICHIGAN: Marshall 

MINNESOTA: Alwater-Grove City-Cosmos; 
Jackson; Lanesboro 

MISSISSIPPI: Pine Grove; Vicksburg-Wanen 
NEW YORK: Greenwich 
NORTH CAROLINA: Creswell; East Montgom- 
ery. Mountain Heritage; Northeastern; Pied- 
mont; Sun Valley 

NORTH DAKOTA: J.E. Easlgate, Larimore 
OREGON: Forest Grove; McKay 
PENNSYLVANIA: Greenwood 
SOUTH CAROLINA: Loris; Pleasant Hill 
TEXAS: Cisco; Iowa Park; Little Cypress 
Mauriceville; Navasota; Raymondville; Slocum; 
Weslaco 

VIRGINIA: Marion Middle; Tunstall 
WASHINGTON: Bethel; Quincy 
WISCONSIN: Black Hawk; Darlington; Granton; 
New Holstein; Oregon 
WYOMING: Wind River 



Building Our American Communities 



Sponsored by 

RJR Nabisco Foundation 

Chapters were recognized 
Friday morning for cooperative 
community service efforts 
known as "Building Our Ameri- 
can Communities." In this pro- 
gram, chapters analyze the 
needs in their hometowns and 
work, by themselves or in con- 
cert with other groups, to meet 
those needs. 

One such chapter, Flagler, 
Colo., was recognized for its 
national winning project. Mem- 
bers planted a natural snow 
fence of 2,223 trees along Inter- 
state 70. Their objectives were 
four-fold: deter the heavy drift- 
ing caused by blowing snow, 
provide a habitat for wildlife, 
conserve topsoil moisture and 
enhance the natural beauty of 
the area. 

GOLD 

ARKANSAS: Amity 

CALIFORNIA: Anderson Valley; Fresno Unified 

COLORADO: Flagler 

FLORIDA: Apopka Memorial Middle; Taylor 

Senior 

GEORGIA: Perry 

HAWAII: Kohala 

ILLINOIS: Cissna Park; Franklin Center; 

Sycamore; Warsaw 



INDIANA: Delphi 

IOWA: Algona; Buffalo Center Bison; Lake 

View-Auburn; Marengo; Webster City 

MAINE: Limestone 

MISSOURI: Owensville; Stockton; Union 

MONTANA: Augusla 

NEBRASKA: Blue Hill; Schuyler 

OHIO: Liberty Center; New Lexington; Sentinel; 

West Muskingum 

SOUTH CAROUNA: Britten's Neck 

SOUTH DAKOTA: Bowdle; Elklon 

TENNESSEE: Bartletl 

TEXAS: Calallen; Lanier-Austin 

WASHINGTON: Bethel; Cattilamet; Elma; 

Mabton; Yelm 

WEST VIRGINA: Marion County; St. Marys 

WISCONSIN: Bloomer; Denmark; Green Bay 

East; Monroe; New Auburn; Pulaski; Spencer 

SILVER 

ARIZONA: Yuma 

ARKANSAS: Delaplaine Arkansas 

GEORGIA: Haralson County 

ILLINOIS: Central; DeKalb; Winchester 

INDIANA: Carroll Fort Wayne; Prairie Heights 

IOWA: Clarion; Crestland; Fort Madison; 

Holland; Humboldt; North Polk 

KANSAS: Concordia; Jackson Heights: 

Mankato 

KENTUCKY: Reidland 

LOUISIANA: Crowley; Hathaway; Midland 

MICHIGAN: St. Louis 

MINNESOTA: Kimball; Luveme 

MISSOURI: Keytesville; Memphis; Rolla AVTS 

MONTANA: Conrad 

NEBRASKA: Ravenna; Superior 

NEVADA: Carson Valley 

NEW JERSEY: Medlord Tech 



NEW MEXICO: Raton; Roswell Goddard 

NEW YORK: Greenwich 

NORTH CAROLINA: West Craven; West 

Montgomery 

NORTH DAKOTA: Beach 

OKLAHOMA: Chickasha 

OREGON: Elgin 

PENNSYLVANIA: Brothersvalley; Cedar Crest; 

Lower Dauphin; Spud Growers 

SOUTH DAKOTA: Roslyn; Waubay 

VIRGINIA: Abingdon; Lee-Davis; Park View 

Senior; Strasburg 

WASHINGTON: North River 

WISCONSIN: Black Hawk; Blanchardville- 

Pecalonica; Darlington; Green Bay Wesl; 

Hartford; Hotcombe-Lake Holcombe; Marion; 

Mauslon; Mishicot; Waupaca 

BRONZE 

ALABAMA: Brantley; Daleville; Elba; Florala; 

Grand Bay; JR. Pittard; Jacksonville Gold; 

Robert Clinton Hatch; West Limestone 

ARIZONA: Kola 

ARKANSAS: Lavaca; Lonoke 

CALIFORNIA: Golden West-Visalia; Kingsburg; 

La Puenle Valley ROP; Mt. Whitney; 

North San Juan 

COLORADO: Custer County 

CONNECTICUT: Killmgly; Rockville 

DELAWARE: Caesar Rodney 

FLORIDA: New Smyrna Beach; Palalka; West 

Orange 

HAWAII: Kaneohe 

IDAHO: Cambridge; Troy 

ILLINOIS: Bluffs: Georgetown-Ridge Farm; 

Oclavia; Salem; Weslmer 

INDIANA: Angola; Blue River Valley; 



Carroll @ Flora 

IOWA: Andrew; Charles City; Riceville; Sheldon 

Golden Corn 

KANSAS: Jetmore; Labette County; Lebo; 

Marysville; Wamego 

KENTUCKY: Oldham County; Spencer County 

MARYLAND: Clear Spring; Harford Vo-Tech 

MASSACHUSETTS: Bristol 

MICHIGAN: Laingsburg; Marshall 

MINNESOTA: Atwater-Grove City-Cosmos; 

Frazee; Glencoe; Lanesboro; New Ulm 

MISSISSIPPI: Carttiage; Magee 

MISSOURI: South Shelby 

NEBRASKA: Scnbner-Snyder 

NEVADA: Ruby Mountain 

NEW HAMPSHIRE: Coe-Brown Academy 

NEW JERSEY: Warren Hills 

NEW YORK: Young Foresters 

NORTH CAROLINA: Clinton High; Mount 

Pleasant; North Iredell; Piedmont; Soulh 

Johnston 

NORTH DAKOTA: Bottineau 

OHIO: Bowling Green; Indian Valley; River 

Valley 

OKLAHOMA: Guthrie; Laverne 

OREGON: Forest Grove 

PENNSYLVANIA: Greenwood 

RHODE ISLAND: Davies Vo-Tech 

SOUTH CAROLINA: Central; Clover; Furman- 

Manchesler 

TENNESSEE: White House 

UTAH: Grantsville; Payson; Weber 

VERMONT: Central Vermont; Danville 

VIRGINIA: Montevideo Intermediate; Nelson 

Senior; Northampton High 

WASHINGTON: Winlock 

WYOMING: Gillette; Wind River 



FFA — LEADING THE CHALLENGE 



KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI 



Business 



The Wednesday 
afternoon business ses- 
sion included debate on 
three proposed amend- 
ments to the National 
FFA Constitution and 
Bylaws. The amendments 
are indicated by 
boldfaced type 

Delegate 
Apportionment 

The most hotly debated 
issue was the proposal to 
change the number of official 
delegates to the national FFA 
convention. The amendment 
would increase the number of 
delegates from 1 13 to 474, 
based on this year's member- 
ship figures, and would 
increase the number of dele- 
gate committees. After re- 
peated attempts at amending 
the amendment, which all 
failed, the proposal was 
postponed until a special 
Friday evening session, when 
it also failed. At publication 
time for the Proceedings, the 
issue had not yet been re- 
solved. 

The original proposed 
amendment follows. 

Article XII, Section B. "At 
the national convention, each 
state association shall be 
entitled to two official dele- 
gates from its active 
membership to be designated 
as chair and vice chair of the 
state delegation, plus one 
additional delegate for each 
1,000 active members. The 
delegates shall be selected by 
the state FFA association. A 
quorum shall exist when both 
the following conditions are 
met at the time business is 
conducted: a majority of the 
official delegates registered at 
the national convention are 
present and 26 state associa- 
tions are represented by 
official delegates. Business 
items shall only be consid- 
ered when approved by a 
delegate committee, or by a 
two-thirds vote of the dele- 
gate body." 

American FFA 

Degree 

Requirements 

Another amendment 
proposed to drop the Ameri- 
can FFA Degree quota system, 
increase the requirements for 
the degree and provide a 
procedure for equating hours 
worked with dollars earned. It 
passed as introduced. The text 
follows. 

Article VII, delete Section 
A. Re-letter the balance of the 
sections in the article and 
amend Article VI, Section E by 
deleting paragraph five and 
inserting a new paragraph as 
follows: "Have earned and 
productively invested at least 
$7,500 or have earned and 
productively invested at least 
$1,500 and worked 2,250 
hours in excess of scheduled 
class time. Any combination 
of hours times $3.33 plus 
dollars must be equal to or 



greater than the number 9,000. 
Hours used for the purpose of 
producing earnings reported 
as productively invested 
income shall not be dupli- 
cated as hours of credit to 
meet the minimum require- 
ments for the degree." 

Active 

Membership 
Waiver for 
International 
Participants 

Delegates passed an 
amendment that provides the 
same waiver to participants in 
FFA international programs as 
the constitution provides to 
FFA members serving in the 
armed forces. The change 
extends participants an extra 
year of eligibility to apply for 
awards and degrees or to run 
for state or national office. 
Following is the text of the 
change. 

Article V, Section B. "...A 
member who is in good- 
standing at the time of induc- 
tion into the armed forces of 
the United States of America 
or into the FFA international 
program, shall be in good 
standing during that period of 
time without further payment 
of dues or attendance at 
meetings. Time spent in the 
armed forces or FFA interna- 
tional program shall not be 
considered as elapsed time in 
determining the maximum 
period of four conventions 
following graduation from 
high school or leaving high 
school. Members making use 
of this waiver of time for the 
purpose of maintaining active 
membership for application 
for advanced degrees, must 
resume active participation 
within six months after having 
been honorably discharged 
from military service or 
completing their FFA interna- 
tional program, indicating 
such a desire by payment of 
dues and attendance at 
meetings. Members participat- 
ing in the six months' armed 
services program or partici- 
pating in the FFA interna- 
tional program for six months 
shall be eligible for one full 
year of extended membership. 
No individual, however may 
retain active membership 
beyond the twenty-third 
birthday. 

Official FFA 
Ceremonies 

Delegates also passed a 
proposal to revise wording of 
the Official FFA Ceremonies. 
The purpose of revising the 
seven ceremonies was to 
modernize the language and 
include the new areas of 
agricultural education. 

In other business, dele- 
gates clarified a 1988 constitu- 
tional amendment allowing 
7th and 8th grade students to 
join FFA. They also voted to 
keep national FFA dues at 
$3.50 for 1990-91. 



Delegates 



ALABAMA: Delicia Carey, Boligee; 
John Gladden, Gadsden; Kevin E. 
Webb, Doltian 

ALASKA: Greg Giauque, Palmer; 
Ann Powalski, Two Rivers 
ARIZONA: Laren B. Flake, Snow- 
flake; Sammi L. Jenkins, Mesa 
ARKANSAS: Lora K. Rowlon, Royal: 
John Westerman, Lonsdale 
CALIFORNIA: Louie A. Brown, 
Hanford; Julie Daddow, Gridley; 
Jennifer L. Thomas, Bodfish; Brian 
Young, Fullehon 
COLORADO: Stephen W. Cline, 
Wiley; Daniel V. Seedorf, Yuma 
CONNECTICUT: Colleen Haraghey, 
Enfield; William E. Syme, Soulh 
Windsor 

DELAWARE: Shelly Alha, Franklorl; 
Kimberly Dannenfiauer, Fellon 
FLORIDA: Anne-Kathryn Daniel, 
Mayo; Aaron R. Gilley, Canfonmenl 
GEORGIA: Scotl Jordan, Slatham; 
Denise Thompson, Tillon 
HAWAII: Maluelue Fagala Jr., 
Wahiawa; Denise Vasconcelles, 
Koloa 

IDAHO: Angie Beck, Burley; Sara 
Braasch, Caldwell 
ILLINOIS: James C. Davis, Syca- 
more; Timothy A. Reed, Herod 
INDIANA: Krista D. Fntz, Trafalgar; 
Mark A. Timm, Trafalgar 
IOWA: Larry J. Geerts, Charles City; 
Chad Lulhro, Moorland 
KANSAS: John A. Niemann, 
Nortonville; Sara S. Schweer, Garden 
City 

KENTUCKY: David W. Pace, Wood- 
bum; Susan Smitson, Lexington 
LOUISIANA: Sherman G. Ruth, 
Baton Rouge; Michael S. Walton, 
Mansfield 



MAINE: Brent Grass, Mars Hill; 

Gregg Hemphill, Easlon 

MARYLAND: Kevin Barton, Woods- 

boro; Trisch E. Bull, Maryland Line 

MASSACHUSETTS: Christine E. 

Lucero, Readville; Richard Rego, 

Swansea 

MICHIGAN: Jamie B. Cook, Lowell; 

Julene T, Mohr, Hillsdale 

MINNESOTA: Jon Brekke, Hanska; 

Jeremy J. Freking, Heron Lake 

MISSISSIPPI: Allen Buller, Carthage; 

Susan E, Watkins, Madison 

MISSOURI: Joseph B.Cooley, 

Southwest City; Susan Waters, 

Norborne 

MONTANA: Jeremy Danbrook, 

Conrad; Kirk M. Fritz, Kalispell 

NEBRASKA: John S. Goertzen, 

Lincoln; Jill M. Lorenz, Crete 

NEVADA: James R. Barbee, Minden; 

Melissa Haworth, Logandale 

NEW HAMPSHIRE: Kathryn E. 

Clark, Newton; Melissa H. Marden, 

Newton 

NEW JERSEY: Daniel J. Berg, 

Cream Ridge; Russell G. Kenny III, 

Columbus 

NEW MEXICO: Melissa Bouvet, 

Garfield; Emest Cummings, Truth or 

Consequences 

NEW YORK: Colleen McKeon, 

Woodbourne; Nancy J. Sears, 

Falconer 

NORTH CAROLINA: Susan Cook, 

New London; Shannon L. Eagle, 

Catawba; Anttiony D. Westmoreland, 

Thomasville 

NORTH DAKOTA: Beverly J. 

MacDonald, Bismarck; Brenda J. 

Potts, LaMoure 

OHIO: Timothy E. Keller, Napoleon; 

Amy Schotte, Morral; Dena K. Wyler, 

Fresno 



OKLAHOMA: Brett Frank, Bokchito; 
Daniel J. Grellner, Kingfisher; Christie 
L. McDaniel, Newcastle 
OREGON: Cory Boswell, Joseph; 
John P. Kelly, Pendleton 
PENNSYLVANIA: Tammy S. 
Balthaser, Bemville; Rebecca A. 
Sonnen, Richland 
PUERTO RICO: Ene A. Perez, 
Sabana Hoyos; Roberto Zayas, 
Utuado 

RHODE ISLAND: Debra L. Ham- 
mond, North Scituate; Mark 
Peckham, West Kingston 
SOUTH CAROLINA: Floyd D, Elliott, 
Galivants Ferry; Benny C- Young, 
Georgetown 

SOUTH DAKOTA: Gregg A. 
Koemer, Marion; Gerri A. Nagel, 
Gettysburg 

TENNESSEE: Jay Morgan, Paris; 
Brad K. Mosley, Greenbrier 
TEXAS: Bill Clifton, Cleburne; David 
Cobb, Lubbock; Stacy Gilbert, 
Electra; Jeff Rash, Gilmer; Michelle 
Schertz, Krum; Ken Ullrich, Houston 
UTAH: Lori Freston, Bridgeland; 
James A. Wilson, Lehi 
VERMONT: David M. Meunier, 
Franklin; Betsy A. Miller, Bradlord 
VIRGINIA: Cindy Fannon, Charlotte 
Courthouse; Matthew J. Lohr, 
Broadway 

WASHINGTON: Glenn Cook, 
Vancouver; Kamille Thome, Pasco 
WEST VIRGINA: Jason E. Hughes, 
Ravenswood, Richard Tennant, 
Knob Fork 

WISCONSIN: Cindy Harbek, 
Roberts; Kimberly Lindow, Chili; 
Amber L. Vickers, South Wayne 
WYOMING: Daniel T. Reimler, 
Moorcroft; Thea R, Slack, Kinnear 




FFA — LEADING THE CHALLENGE 



KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI 



Committees 



Membership National 

Development Information 
and Retention Services 



Wc submit the following 
recommendations. 

1. Develop new, modern 
public relations tools includ- 
ing public service announce- 
ments, TV commercials, 
magazine ads, brochures, 
posters and videos that 
emphasize the broad opportu- 
nities in high school agricul- 
ture and FFA, using recog- 
nized spokespersons. 

2. The national officers 
develop programs for the State 
Presidents' Conference and 
the National Leadership 
Conference for State Officers 
that give more direction to 
state officers in regard to 
membership development. 

3. The National FFA 
Organization develop a 
videotape explaining all 
aspects of agricultural educa- 
tion, supervised agricultural 
experience and FFA for use by 
state officers to help them 
develop membership in their 
states. 

4. The National FFA Board 
appoint a task force to look 
into developing incentive 
award programs for 7th and 
8th grade membership. Study 
curriculum and differences in 
membership between states 
and investigate the possibility 
of developing a junior high 
FFA program. 

5. The National FFA 
Organization develop a 
system that recognizes chapter 
programs by evaluating their 
improvement over the past 
year, possibly bringing back 
programs similar to 100% 
chapters and 10-plus chapter 
programs. 

6. Consider membership 
options for students graduat- 
ing from high school, possibly 
offering a three-year package 
with membership incentives 
including activities for out-of- 
school members. 

7. The state and national 
FFA organizations be more 
aggressive in developing 
agriculture/FFA programs in 
urban or non traditional areas, 
developing exciting new 
programs for those areas. 

8. Continue efforts in 
presenting in-service FFA 
programs to teachers, teacher 
educators, state leaders and 
future agriculture teachers. 

9. The national organiza- 
tion should continue to seek 
support for the "FFA Today" 
program. 

10. We endorse the 
satellite conference that was 
scheduled by the National 
FFA Organization and the 
National Council for Agricul- 
tural Education for September 
1990. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Jennifer Thomas, Calif. (C) 
Larry Geerts, Iowa {CO 
L. KayBecton,N.C. 
Daniel Berg, N.J. 
David Cobb, Texas 
Susan Cook, N.C. 



Wc have analyzed the pro- 
gram of the National FFA 
Organization. We feel our 
primary concern should be 
external public relations on 
individual, local and state 
levels. The various suggestions 
focus on promoting the 
opportunities FFA offers to all 
members in agricultural 
education. We submit the 
following recommendations: 

1. We encourage the 
continued incorporation of 
females and minority students 
in advertisements and public 
service announcements. We 
also encourage the use of the 
new FFA posters illustrating 
agriculture's diversity, but in a 
larger quantity. 

2. To continue the direct 
communication between the 
national organization and 
chapter officers, we recom- 
mend a series of articles in the 
national magazine directed 
toward leadership develop- 
ment for chapter officers. 

3. We recommend that the 
national information service 
issue a bimonthly challenge to 
local chapters and state 
associations to implement new 
promotional projects, such as 
adopt-a-highway and bill- 
boards on state highways and 
interstates. 

4. We encourage that a 
workshop be offered at the 
national convention for all 
state reporters to develop 
more effective public relations 
in all aspects of agriculture 
and the FFA. 

5. We support continuing 
the listing of all sponsors and 
their addresses at the national 
FFA convention so that 
members may extend their 
gratitude toward them. 

6. We recommend that 
each chapter and state be 
encouraged to develop 
stronger working relationships 
with news media, such as 
television and radio stations. 

In conclusion, we con- 
gratulate the 1988-89 national 
officer team for a job well done 
in serving the FFA. We also 
thank Bill Stagg and Jeri 
Matties for their information 
and guidance to our commit- 
tee. 
Respectfully submitted, 

Jeff Rash, Texas (C) 

Jill Lorenz, Neb. (CO 

Amy Schotte, Ohio (S) 

Kevin Barton, Md. 

Kirk Fritz, Mont. 

Scott Jordan, Ga. 

Melissa Marden, N.H. 

John Westerman, Ark. 

Bill Stagg (Consultant) 

Jeri Matties (Consultant) 



Christy Dixon, Ala. 
Lon Freston, Utah 
Sara S- Schweer, Kan. 
Marshall Stewart 

(Consultant) 
Richard Strangcway 
(Consultant) 



National 
Alumni 

The National Alumni 
Committee expresses gratitude 
to Woody Cox, Josiah Phelps, 
James Sipiorski, Mark A. 
Williams and Raymond 
Cockrum for their valuable 
contributions to our commit- 
tee. 

We strongly urge that the 
following actions be taken: 

1. We urge that the Na- 
tional FFA Alumni Council be 
allotted a minimum of 30 
minutes for FFA Alumni 
workshops at the following 
national functions: the Na- 
tional Vocational Agricultural 
Teachers Association confer- 
ence. State Presidents' Confer- 
ence, Washington Conference 
Program and National Leader- 
ship Conference for State 
Officers. This should be done 
to educate state officers, 
chapter leaders, agricultural 
educators and state staff about 
the FFA Alumni, its programs 
and what it can offer local FFA 
chapters. 

2. Encourage lifetime 
membership of all former FFA 
members, especially former 
state and national FFA offi- 
cers. 

3. Encourage exposure in 
state and national agriculture 
media. 

4. We suggest that the 
current FFA Alutnm Manual be 
distributed to current and 
future state FFA officers. 

We feel that the imple- 
mentation of these ideas will 
strongly enhance the credibil- 
ity of the FFA Alumni Asso- 
ciation. 
Respectfully submitted, 

James Barbee, Nev. (O 

Nancy Sears, N.Y. (CO 

Stacy Gilbert, Texas (S) 

Eric Cole, Ind. 

Brad Mosley, Tenn. 

Mark Peckham, R.I. 

Dan Scedorf, Colo. 

Amber Vickers, Wis. 

Woody Cox (Consultant) 

Josiah Phelps (Consultant) 

James Sipiorski 
(Consultant) 

Mark A. Williams 
(Consultant) 

Raymond Cockrum 
(Consultant) 



International Auditing 



We, the members of the 
International Committee, 
submit the following recom- 
mendations: 

1. Train a staff member 
from the FFA International 
department to make presenta- 
tions at state functions about 
international travel opportuni- 
ties. 

2. Compile a list of past 
international program partici- 
pants, then choose a state 
travel ambassador to assist in 
promoting international FFA 
programs. 

3. Produce a promotional 
video aimed at prospective 
participants at the high school 
level. The video should 
include World Agriscicnce 
Studies, Japan Short, YFC 
England/Wales Direct and 
Italy Direct programs. 

4. Include an insert in all 
program pamphlets outlining 
scholarship procedures and 
suggestions for soliciting 
funds for program expenses. 

5. Use public service 
announcements and news 
releases to promote all interna- 
tional FFA programs. 

6. Inform FFA members 
that international travel 
arrangements beyond organ- 
ized programs are available 
through the FFA International 
department. 

7. Simplify and clarify 
applications for all interna- 
tional FFA programs and 
create a separate section for 
host family placement infor- 
mation. 

8. Promote opportunities 
for American families to host 
foreign agricultural students. 

9. Create a complete 
booklet about all available 
international FFA programs. 
Respectfully submitted, 

Sara Braasch, Idaho (C) 
Beverly MacDonald, N.D. 

(CO 
James A. Wilson, Utah (S) 
Shannon Eagle, N.C. 
Bill Clifton, Texas 
Lori Fowler, Ky. 
David Meunier, Vt. 
Allen Butler, Miss. 
Monte Scholz, Wash. 
Scott Ryckman 

(Consultant) 



We recommend to the Na- 
tional FFA Organization: 

1. The audit report of Stoy, 
Malone and Company, found 
satisfactory in meeting the 
requirements of Public Law 
740 for the fiscal year Septem- 
ber 1, 1988, to August 31, 1989, 
be accepted. 

2. Continue to place a 
copy of the budget summary 
in the convention package sent 
to official delegates and state 
FFA staff before arrival in 
Kansas City and provide, 
upon request, copies of the 
National FFA Organization 
budget from the National FFA 
Center. 

3. Continue to distribute a 
condensed financial report in 
the packet each delegate 
receives upon registration in 
Kansas City and encourage 
delegates to share this infor- 
mation with their fellow state 
officers and other interested 
FFA members. 

4. Provide orally an expla- 
nation of the condensed 
financial report and highlights 
of the current operating 
budget. 

5. Continue to provide, 
upon request, copies of the 
Stoy, Malone and Company 
audit report from the National 
FFA Center. 

We feel that these recom- 
mendations will provide a 
sound basis for the financial 
growth of the National FFA 
Organization. 

Special thanks to David 
Miller, national treasurer, and 
Wilson Cames, administrative 
director, National FFA Center, 
for their help and advice 
concerning this committee's 
work. 
Respectfully submitted. 

Tammy Balthaser, Pa. (O 

Michelle Schertz, Texas 
(CO 

Shelly Atha, Del. 

Cory Boswcll, Ore. 

Delicia Carey, Ala. 

Floyd Elliott, S.C. 

Brent Grass, Maine 

Gregg Koemer, S.D. 

Sherman Ruth, La. 



Nominating Committee 


We, the Nominating Com- 


Vice President, 


Respectfully submitted, 


mittee, have given careful and 


Eastern Region: 


Mark A. Timm, Ind. (C) 


deliberate consideration to all 


Dan Schroer, Ohio 


Rebecca A. Sonnen, Pa. 


applicants running for 


Vice President, 


(CO 


national office. The committee 


Southern Region: 


Susan C. Smitson, Ky. (S) 


presents the following slate of 


Bradley Lewis, Alabama 


Louie A. Brown, Calif. 


candidates to the delegates of 


Vice President, 


Stephen W. Cline, Colo. 


the 62nd National FFA 


Western Region: 


John A. Niemann, Kan. 


Convention to serve as na- 


Casey Isom, Idaho 


Kevin E. Webb, Ala. 


tional officers for the year 


National Treasurer: 


Anthony Westmoreland, 


1989-90. 


David Miller, Maryland 


N.C 


President: 


National Executive Secretary: 


Benny C Young, S.C. 


Donnell Brown, Texas 


C. Coleman Harris, 


Arnold B. Cordes 


Secretary: 


Washington, D.C 


(Consultant) 


Scott Crouch, Indiana 


National Advisor: 


Sidney E. Koon Jr. 


Vice President, 


Larry D. Case, 


(Consultant) 


Central Region: 


Washington, D.C 


Eldon E. Witt 


William Henricksen, Iowa 




(Consultant) 



FFA — LEADING THE CHALLENGE 



KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI 



Committees 



FFA New 
Horizons 
Magazine 

We submit the following 
recommendations for the 
official magazine of the 
National FFA Organization. 

1. To ensure home deliv- 
ery of the magazine to all 
students, advisors must use 
accurate students' home 
addresses when filling out 
membership rosters. 

2. Graduating seniors are 
encouraged to continue 
membership in FFA and 
subscribe to the magazine in 
order to stay informed about 
FFA information and happen- 
ings. 

3. State associations are 
encouraged to compile news 
and information for their state 
to be featured in editions of 
FFA New Horizons. 

4. A feature to be added, 
entitled "Where Are They 
Now," will include updates on 
the current activities of past 
national officers. Also in- 
cluded will be a "flashback" 
section that will reflect on 
significant occurrences at past 
national conventions. 

5. Encourage motivational 
speakers and congressional 
representatives to submit 
articles concerning their views 
of agriculture and FFA. 

6. "Charlie, the Green- 
hand" will emphasize the 
entire scope of agriculture and 
its related concentrations 
instead of simply production 
agriculture. 

Respectfully submitted, 

John S. Goertzen, Neb. (C) 
Kathryn E. Clark, N.H. 

(CO 
Brenda J. Potts, N.D. (S) 
Maluelue Fagafa Jr., 

Hawaii 
Melissa Ha worth, Nev. 
Kimberly Lindow, Wis. 
Richard Rego, Mass. 
Michael S. Walton, La. 




National 
Awards Program 

We have reviewed Build- 
ing Our American Communi- 
ties (BOAC); National Chap- 
ter; National Chapter Safety; 
Computers in Agriculture- 
Take Pride in America, 
Agricultural Proficiency 
Awards and the degree pro- 
gram. We recommend the 
following: 

1. That the national FFA 
staff explore the possibility of 
establishing a cumulative 
award that would include the 
BOAC, National Chapter and 
National Chapter Safety 
Awards. 

2. Inform FFA chapters 
about the Take Pride in 
America program and encour- 
age them to participate in it. 

3. Re-evaluate the 29 agri- 
cultural proficiency awards 
and determine the most 
efficient way to serve FFA 
members in agrimarkcting 
areas. 

4. Inform FFA members 
about the Computers in p 
Agriculture Award program 
and encourage them to 
participate in it. 

5. Assist members in 
applying for agricultural 
proficiency awards at all levels 
of competition. 

6. That the national FFA 
staff provide information to 
educate advisors about 
agricultural proficiency 
awards and state and Ameri- 
can FFA degree applications. 

7. We advocate participa- 
tion in the BOAC program and 
commend the RjR Nabisco 
Foundation for their continued 
support. 

8. Continue distribution of 
BOAC information and 
encourage state officers to 
stress that chapters should file 
applications. 

9. Inform the public and 
members about existing safety 
programs and investigate 
more diversified and effective 
safety programs. 

10. We agree with the pro- 
posed constitutional amend- 
ment to change American FFA 
Degree requirements. 

11. We appreciate our 
sponsors and encourage all 
members to write thank-you 
notes to these dedicated 
individuals and companies. 

We extend appreciation to 
our consultants. Bob Seefeldt, 
program specialist, awards, 
and Laurie Cunningham, staff 
intern, National FFA Center. 
Respectfully submitted, 

Angie Beck, Idaho (C) 

Jeremy Freking, Minn. 
(CO 

Julie Daddow, Calif. (S) 

Odie Dowse, Colo. 

Kim Dannenhauer, Del. 

Cindy Harbek, Wis. 

Tim Keller, Ohio 

Eric A. Perez, P.R. 



National Convention 




We have observed at this 
national FFA convention 
excellence surpassing many 
expectations held by the 
largest student organization in 
America. We recommend the 
following: 

1. We recommend that the 
delegate area be thoroughly 
examined to find the most 
efficient way to use micro- 
phones during the business 
session and that officials 
consider ways to afford better 
visibility of the stage by 
delegates. 

2. We recommend that the 
convention program be 
restructured so that events arc 
placed in chronological order. 

3. We suggest a booth in 
the career show with a com- 
puter at which students can 
key in information and receive 
a list of colleges and scholar- 
ships in their area of interest. 

4. We suggest that a 
display of all the state's shapes 
be posted on a wall supplied 
with markers to allow people 
from the respective states to 
sign their names as they pass 
through the career show. We 
hope each state association 
would take that display back 
to their homes as a souvenir 
from the national FFA conven- 
tion. 

5. We suggest that a time 
capsule be set up in the career 
show; each year a time capsule 
from the convention 10 years 
earlier would be opened. 

6. We suggest that a large 
electronic message board be 
placed in the lobby of the 
Municipal Auditorium to list 
all events that occur each day. 

We cannot allow this 
convention to pass by without 
thanking and commending the 
special people who made our 
excellence shine at the 62nd 
National FFA Convention. 

We thank Dana, Jeff, Brad, 
Warren, jaye and Jeff for 
presenting to us the best 
national convention ever. 

Dr. Larry Case, Coleman 
Harris, David Miller, Tony 
Hoyt and the national FFA 
staff, we appreciate you and 
all your hard work. 

The committee also thanks 
the following people for being 
part of our convention. Our 
entertainers and speakers, 
including Terry Bradshaw, 
William Bennett, Clayton 
Yeutter, Miss America Debbye 
Turner, Nicholas Babson, 
Thomas Hennesy, Sam 
Brownback, Ty Boyd, Robert 
Swan, Bill Sanders, Mamie 
McCullough, Charles Duke 
and the Bellamy Brothers. We 
greatly appreciate your 
participation. 

We also thank all the 
convention managers; spon- 
sors; people conducting 
leadership workshops; Gary 
Maricle, talent director; Stan 
Kingma, chorus director; 
William Moffit, band conduc- 
tor; the National FFA Founda- 
tion staff, sponsors' board and 
executive council; James 
Sipiorski and the National 
FFA Alumni Association 
officer*, council and staff; the 

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judges and timekeepers of the 
national contests; George 
Verzagt and the career show 
participants; the Kansas City 
Chamber of Commerce, host 
of the educational tours; 
Richard Berkley, mayor of 
Kansas City, Mo.; Joe Stein- 
cger, mayor of Kansas City, 
Kan.; the American Royal; the 
media and the sponsors of the 
National FFA Foundation. 

We thank our interna- 
tional guests; the many 
sponsors of the 47 meal 
functions; the John Deere 
Company for sponsoring the 
new FFA film and the mer- 
chants of Kansas City as well 
as the citizens of this great 
town. 

We congratulate all the 
contest winners and the 
student ambassadors to the 
American Royal Livestock 
Show and Rodeo. We thank all 
those who participated. We 
also thank all those involved 
with the dedication of the 
Farm Memorial. 

We commend the dele- 
gates for showing profession* 
alism during the business 
sessions. We appreciate all the 
members, advisors and special 
guests who attended this year. 

We commend all the 
committee members who 
worked so hard compiling 
reports for this convention. We 
owe a special thanks to those 
who served on the nominating 
committee for putting in many 
extra hours this week. We also 
realize that there would not be 
a nominating committee 
without the 35 great candi- 
dates for national office? — we 
wish you the best of luck. We 
also wish the best of luck to 
our national FFA magazine, 
FFA New Horizons. 

We commend our new 
technical director. Jay Wilson, 
for doing a fine job with this 
year's sound, light and audio- 
visual aids. 

We thank the courtesy 
corps members for their 
dedication and details that 
contribute to the successful 
management of the conven- 
tion. 

We commend RFD/TV for 
more than 1 7 hours of conven- 
tion coverage promoting FFA 
throughout America and we 
thank the co-anchors. 

We extend our warmest 
thanks to ICI Americas Inc. for 
allowing us the opportunity to 
view a most awesome and 
spectacular sight at our 
Thursday night session — the 
laser show. 

Finally, we wish the 1989- 
90 national officers continuing 
success in leading the chal- 
lenge. 

Most importantly, we owe 
our committee consultant the 
sincerest of thanks. We all 
respect and admire this man. 
We regret that it is his last year 
to be with us, but we have 
faith that in his heart, he will 
never leave the FFA. Thank 
you for everything, Dr. Duane 
Nielsen. 

The National Convention 
Committee gives the 62nd 



National 
Contests 

We bring forth the follow- 
ing recommendations: 

1. To encourage the 
National FFA Board of Direc- 
tors to promote contest 
opportunities and participa- 
tion. 

2. Continually update 
contests by implementing new 
materials and information as 
they become available. 

3. Due to continuing 
change and advancements in 
agriculture, periodically 
evaluate all contests to deter- 
mine their suitability. 

4. In light of the expanding 
interests of members, continue 
to research and develop 
contests concentrating on 
agribusiness and agrimarkct- 
ing. 

5. We strongly recom- 
mend that a national parlia- 
mentary procedure contest be 
developed to increase the use 
of proper parliamentary 
procedure, which is extremely 
important to efficient commu- 
nication and decision making. 

6. Believing that agricul- 
ture is becoming more con- 
sumer oriented, we strongly 
support the recommendations 
of the National FFA Task 
Force on Agrimarketing. We 
strongly recommend that a 
national agricultural sales 
contest be established, as 
outlined by the task force, by 
1991. 

7. Contest officials at all 
levels, where feasible, should 
seriously consider integrating 
a job interview scenario into 
each contest format. We 
recognize the need for practi- 
cal, applicable job interview 
skills. 

8. Consider other dates 
and sites if it is not feasible to 
hold contests in Kansas City 
during the national conven- 
tion. If such a situation should 
arise, we recommend that 
contest winners be recognized 
at the national FFA conven- 
tion. 

Respectfully submitted, 
Krista D. Fritz, Ind. (C) 
Greg Hemphill, Maine 

(CO 
Jay Morgan, Tenn. (S) 
Laren Hake, Ariz. 
Kelly McIntire,OkIa. 
Julene T. Mohr, Mich. 
Dan T. Reimler, Wyo. 
William E. Syme, Conn. 



National FFA Convention a 

big thumbs-up because we just 

love it when a plan comes 

together! 

Respectfully submitted, 

Christie McDaniel, Okla. 
(C) 

Anne-Kathryn Daniel, Fla. 
(CO 

Sammi Jenkins, Ariz. (S) 

Trisch Bull, Md. 

Greg Giauque, Alaska 

Colleen Haraghey, Conn. 

Gerri Nagel, S.D. 

David Pace, Ky. 



FFA— LEADING THE CHALLENGE 



KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI 



Committees 



National 

Leadership 

Conferences 

The Washington Confer- 
ence Program/Made For 
Excellence Committee submits 
the following recommenda- 
tions: 

Washington Conference 
Program (WCP) 

1. Lower the cost of the 
program to encourage in- 
creased participation. Raise 
money for sponsorships from 
community organizations and 
businesses. 

2. Produce additional 
pamphlets to promote spon- 
sorship funding and pledges. 

3. Inform students about 
scholarships available. 

4. Encourage state organi- 
zations to implement scholar- 
ship contests. 

5. Encourage all partici- 
pants in WCP, especially 
scholarship recipients, to write 
thank-you notes to sponsors at 
the conclusion of the confer- 
ence. Design special pledge 
cards (thank-you notes) to 
enclose with letters to spon- 
sors. 

6. Allow the use of credit 
cards for WCP conference 
registration of students and 
advisors. 

7. Graduating seniors 
should not be permitted to 
attend WCP unless they are 
newly elected state officers. If 
a student is a state officer and 
has not attended WCP, he or 
she should be allowed to 
attend regardless of age or 
year in school. 

8. Consider using video- 
tapes instead of slides for the 
week's audiovisual presenta- 
tion. Make the videotapes 
available to WCP participants. 

9. Continue to emphasize 
leadership abilities and the 
effect of such abilities on job 
opportunities. 

10. Continue to strengthen 
and promote the advisors' 
program at WCP. 

Made for Excellence (MFE) 

1. Incorporate the use of 
state officers at MFE pro- 
grams. 

2. Explore ways to aid 
students in paying for MFE 
(for example, sponsorships 
and scholarships). 

3. When revising the MFE 
program, maintain the sub- 
stantial information it is based 
on. 

The following sugges- 
tions apply to both WCP and 
MFE. 

1. Seek sponsorship for the 
printing of promotional 
pamphlets. 

2. Advertise the confer- 
ences in FFA New Horizons and 
other press releases such as 
Update to make them more 
widely known. Have registra- 
tion information available in 
FFA New Horizons. 

3. Continue to send new 
copies of MFE/WCP video- 
tapes to state organizations to 
promote the programs in 
individual states. 

The committee extends a 
special thanks to all WCP and 
MFE conference staff mem- 



National Organizational 
Development 



National Leadership Conferences 
for State Officers 



After considering the status 
of the organization and its 
development, we believe the 
following issues should be 
addressed. 
National Contests 

We recommend exploring 
the possibility of creating a 
national interest in the follow- 
ing areas through the initiation 
of national contests in those 
areas: 

1. Parliamentary proce- 
dure 

2. Commodity marketing 

3. National creed public 
speaking contest 

4. Job application and 
interview 

Awards and Incentive 
Programs 

We recommend develop- 
ing the following awards 
and/or ipccntive programs to 
emphasize the need for 
training and development: 

1. Ag journalism 

2. Ag policy development 

3. Agnscience research 
progTams/science fairs 

4. International agricul- 
tural trade and relations 

Possibilities for imple- 
menting these programs 
include national conferences to 
develop skills in these areas 
and awards and activities 
sponsored by businesses in 
those areas. 
Telecommunication 

Secure and maintain 
sponsorship for a nationally 
televised FFA program 
dealing with agriculture and 
organizational topics. 

We propose setting a goal 
for the 65th National Conven- 
tion to make available through 
satellite TV to every FFA 
chapter in the nation, a live 
broadcast of the convention. 
SAEP Development 

We recommend the estab- 
lishment of a local skills and 
competencies recognition 
program to recognize individ- 
ual achievement in Supervised 
Agricultural Experience 
Programs. This program 
would supplement the current 
proficiency award and degree 
recognition programs. 
National Chapter Awards 
Program 

We recommend that, as an 
incentive to strengthen local 
chapters, the national FFA 
increase emphasis on the 
National Chapter Awards 
program. 

Expansion of Leadership 
Programs 

Investigate the feasibility 
of a nationwide leadership 

bers. We also thank Marshall 
Stewart, the 1988 program 
manager, for his time and 
cooperation. His diligence and 
extreme dedication are greatly 
appreciated. 
Respectfully submitted, 
Jon Brekke, Minn. (C) 
Jason Hughes, W.Va (CO 
Colleen McKeon, N.Y. (S) 
Melissa Bovret, N.M. 
Aaron Gilley, Fla. 
Lara Rowton, Ark. 
Susan Waters, Mo. 
Kipling Godwin (Cons.) 



training program targeted to 

middle school students and 

administered by FFA members 

of the respective school 

district. 

Membership Development 

Each national convention 
target a specific group for 
attendance at the national 
convention. For example: 

1990 - superintendents 

1991 -guidance 
counselors 

1992 -principals 
1993 -school board 

members 
1994 -legislators 
Develop appropriate 
functions and sessions to 
recognize the above groups 
and to bring each group 
together. 

We recommend that the 
National FFA Foundation 
fund special projects to 
encourage the initation of an 
agricultural education pro- 
gram where one does not 
exist. This goal could be 
accomplished through numer- 
ous vehicles, such as the 
following. 

• Bring school administra- 
tors to attend the national FFA 
convention. 

• Encourage legislative meal 
functions at the state level. 

• Encourage states to 
recognize administrators at 
state conventions. 

• Encourage a chapter 
awards program that recog- 
nizes outstanding achieve- 
ments in membership devel- 
opment and retention. 

• To implement our objec- 
tive, we encourage the Na- 
tional FFA Foundation to 
establish matching funds to 
assist local and state efforts in 
bringing school administrators 
and legislators to the national 
convention. 

Finally, we believe that the 
biggest challenge of this 
organization tor the future is 
to establish a means of pro- 
moting the changes that have 
been made in FFA and agricul- 
ture. It is there where we 
believe a national comprehen- 
sive educational advertising 
campaign is needed. 
Respectfullv submitted, 
Daniel J. Grellner, Okla. 

(C) 
Dena K. Wyler, Ohio (CO 
Jamie B. Cook, Mich. 
Jeremy Danbrook, Mont. 
Chad O. Luthro, Iowa 
Richard Tennant, W.Va. 
Ken Ullrich, Texas 
Roberto Zayas, P.R. 



We commend the national 
officers and staff for the 
extensive preparation and 
careful consideration put forth 
in conducting two outstanding 
leadership training confer- 
ences — the National Leader- 
ship Conference for State 
Officers (NLCSO) and the 
State Presidents' Conference 
(SPC). Our thoughts and 
suggestions follow. 
National Leadership Confer- 
ences for State Officers 

1. Because of the diversity 
among regions and states, we 
recommend that the national 
officers coordinate their 
programs to address the needs 
of each area. 

2. For efficiency at each 
NLCSO, proper information 
should be distributed before 
each conference. Prcconfer- 
ence information should 
include coordination of 
activities, attire for the week, 
recreational activities and 
knowledge in accordance with 
program participation. 

3. The need for each officer 
to be fully effective in the 
conference setting creates a 
desire for a variety of teaching 
materials and styles. The 
following changes would be 
most beneficial in training 
officers to handle chapter 
visits due to the increased 
contact that state officers have 
with chapters: better explana- 
tion of dealing with the media, 
state share time, membership 
development and awareness 
of national issues in agricul- 
ture and FFA. 

4. To better understand 
other state associations at each 
NLCSO, we strongly encour- 
age each state to share its 
individuality by displaying 
promotional items unique to 
each state FFA association. 

5. With understanding 
comes learning, therefore we 
support the continuation of 
the D-I-S-C personality 
development program. We 
support social functions (for 
example, parties and dances) 
and positive reinforcement 
techniques (for example, 
Happy Grams) so each state 
officer will be properly 
prepared for living to ; 



State Presidents' Conference 

1. Due to the excessive 
scheduling and consideration 
to official business, we advise 
a rescheduling of events. The 
schedule should include one 
full day of tours at the begin- 
ning of the week with a get- 
acquainted social activity 
included. The remainder of the 
week should include official 
business, committee work, 
leadership workshops and 
official visits. We feel that this 
creates a better balance 
between business and social 
activities. 

2. The purpose of the SPC 
is to train participants in 
leading and preparing their 
state officer teams. Therefore, 
a slight differentiation should 
be made from the Washington 
Conference Program and 
information obtained from the 
NLCSO should be further 
emphasized. 

3. The national convention 
operates more smoothly 
because of prior committee 
work and delegate transac- 
tions. We support the continu- 
ation of this type of prepara- 
tion and request financial 
sponsorship of the second 
delegate to the State Presi- 
dents' Conference. 

4. Knowledge and wisdom 
are vital to our organization. 
Therefore, we wisn to continue 
the presence of past national 
officers as counselors and 
would like to include the state 
adult leaders in this part of 
our learning process. 

5. The continuation of 
specialized leadership work- 
shops would be beneficial to 
the quality of the State Presi- 
dents' Conference. 

6. The promotion of FFA 
has positive impact on our 
organization. To increase 
public awareness of our 
organization and program, we 
request SPC T-shirts. 
Respectfully submitted, 

Tim Reed, III. (O 

Susan Watkins, Miss. (CO 

Denise Thompson, Ga. (S) 

Debra Hammond, R.I. 

John Kelly, Ore. 

Russell Kenny, N.J. 

Ed Vaca, Calif. 

Rich Katt (Consultant) 




FFA — LEADING THE CHALLENGE 



KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI 



The "Eye" Vision 

Retiring Address by Warren L. Boerger 



Excited and terrified! That 
is exactly how I felt as I 
scrambled up to this stage, 
picked Jeff Isom and Jaye 
Hamby up in the air and turned 
to see thousands of eyes upon 
me. I was thrilled that my 

s becoming reality 




position: 
fear. My muscles started to 
tighten up, my heart was racing, 
and it was hard to concentrate. I 
began looking for familiar faces 
and found my parents, who 
were still jumping up and 
down. There were tears in my 
mother's eyes. 

Then I came back to the 
thought that over 20,000 pairs of 
eyes were looking at me. "Oh 
my gosh, what do I do now?" 
So I quickly did what national 
officers are supposed to do in 
front of large crowds— I 
checked to make sure my shirt- 
tails weren't out, that my tie 
was somewhat straight, and 
that I was smiling. 

As I turned to greet Jeff 
Johnson, Dana Soukup and 
Brad Chambliss, I still felt 
overwhelmed. In just a few 
minutes, our team was not only 
given the responsibility of 
trying to aid in the direction of 
this organization, but also to 
support and carry the news of 
agriculture and youth through- 
out the country. I looked at the 
other five members of our team, 
and could see in their eyes the 
same look. I saw progress and 
friendship and a willingness to 
promote our organization. 

Throughout my year of 
service one thing has always 
stuck in my mind — the eyes of 
individuals. Through these 
eyes I have been able to see so 
much this year. 

No, it wasn't the blue ones, 
the brown ones, or any other 
color. It was the vision that each 
individual had. Some saw 
clearer than others, but vision 
was never lacking. What I saw 
was a guiding vision of what 
could be, should be, and will be. 
Our team traveled to japan, 
China and Thailand for the 10th 
anniversary of the National 
Officers International Experi- 
ence Program sponsored by 
Mitsui Grain Corporation. 1 had 
no idea what to expect when we 
landed in Beijing, China. 1 
knew that I was looking 
forward to visiting the Great 
Wall and there was a great deal 
of history involved, but I really 
wasn't prepared for what I saw 
when those wheels touched 
down. 

Throughout China, we saw 
all the sights but were rarely 
allowed to talk to people other 
than our guide. When we did 
get to speak to individuals, they 
seemed different. It wasn't just 
their clothes or appearance. 
There was obviously something 
dramatic missing from their 
lives. 

It wasn't until we packed 
up and started for home that I 
realized what was missing. To 
this day, much of my impres- 
sion of the Far East depended 
on this fact. You rarely saw a 



simple smile; only blank stares. 
Even small children, who 
would normally be laughing as 
they played games, seemed 
withdrawn. Theirs was a bleak 
picture of life, with happy times 
being few. 

When we left, 1 assumed that 
the only time I would see Com- 
munist China again would be in 
photographs and memories. 

A few weeks later, I turned 
on the television to see thou- 
sands of students gathered in 
Tiananmen Square, where I had 
stood only a few months before. 
As 1 looked over my photo- 
graphs, I saw small groups of 
young people gathered to- 
gether, normal students. The 
students on the television did 
not look like the ones in my 
pictures. The individuals on the 
television had a purpose. They 
were armed only with a vision 
that they wanted to see as a 
reality, a vision of a free coun- 
try. They could have sat back 
and let the opportunity pass, yet 
they believed in what they were 
doing and tried to bring about a 
change. As the world watched, 
countless students were tracked 
down, tried, and even shot for 
their vision. Some people may 
think that their actions were in 
vain, but I know that this is only 
the beginning of a slow change. 
The world now sees China in a 
different light, and because of 
the vision of those students, it 
will hopefully become a reality 
someday. 

What would you have 
done? Marched proudly 
through the square or cowered 
in your home? Would you have 
done something like that? Or 
would you have come up with 
excuses such as "I can not do 
that. 1 am too young or too old, 
I am too busy, or I need more 
people." It is kind of funny. 
Conditions are never really 
right to bring about change, are 
they? 

Around the world you have 
seen change brought about by 
an individual's vision. In 
Poland, a new government has 
emerged because of a dock- 
worker's vision. In South ' 
Africa, we see the hopes of a 
people who strive to be seen as 
equals. By car, train, or bus, 
thousands of individuals make 
the long trek to a new life in 
West Germany. All because of a 
simple vision. 

My friends, what visions do 
each of you have? As I have 
traveled from one comer of the 
United States to the other, I 
have always felt at home and 
comfortable with you. You took 
the time to share with me what 
you saw in the future, and then 
you told me how you could 
bring about the needed changes 
in order to be prepared for that 
future. Many of you realized 
that change in vision can not be 
made overnight, but must be 
planted and nurtured to bring 
to reality. You have always 
acted with an active vision. 

I traveled to Raton, New 
Mexico, in June and saw 
through the advisor's eyes, Mr. 
Ray Chelewski, the possibilities 
for our organization to expand 
and grow in the areas of 
community service, horticul- 
ture, and natural resources. I 
saw an animal refuge, built by 
the chapter with the help and 
support of the community. 
With this refuge they helped 
transport deer and turkeys, 



while nursing sick or hurt 
wildlife back to health. This 
same chapter set out to reclaim 
land at a former mining site, 
and did it! 

What did this chapter have 
that so many others could learn 
from? An active vision. They 
traveled from New Mexico to 
Washington D.C. to try to gain 
approval and support for many 
of their programs. They 
became involved with the state 
fish and game department, and 
when a small bear cub was 
found homeless in Alaska they 
were on the phone trying to 
gain permission to care for it. 
That is an active vision. 

But the road was not 
always the brightest. Before the 
current agriculture teacher 
arrived, the program had been 
closed. Enrollment was low 
and funds were nonexistent. 
Because of the efforts of the 
ity and a renewed 
the program, Raton 
FFA now plays a large role in 
competitions in New Mexico 
and nationally. 

My friends, we need to 
continue on, actively seeking to 
bring our visions to reality. But 
let's not set our visions in stone. 
We need to realize that as time 
passes and technology pro- 
gresses, our vision will need 
changes to keep it current. 

Being the best in a particu- 
lar job does not mean that you 
do the same thing over and 
over. Rather, you implement 
new ideas and constantly strive 
for innovation. That is why we 
recognize the American FFA 
Degree Recipients today. For 
seeing what could be, seeking it 
out, and implementing it into 
their own Supervised Agricul- 
tural Experience Program. That 
is what sets them apart and 
makes them so very special. 

There are those who helped 
me see what could be and 
probably had the largest impact 
on my vision: my family. 
Growing up on a livestock farm, 
I always knew what work was. 
But my father believed that 
work could be done after school 
activities, and, with the help of 
my brother and sister, the work 
got done. My mother and my 
entire family always took the 
time to listen to the exciting 
things I had seen and the prob- 
lems I bumped into. To Mom, 
Dad, John, Crystal and my 
grandparents, thank you for your 
support, love and belief in me. 

To my five good friends 
with whom I have worked: 
What a year! I will remember 
Jeff Johnson's laugh, Dana's 
sophisticated look, Jeff Isom's 
dancing. Brad's hotel room 
decorating, and Jaye's calm. 
Dana, Jeff, Jaye, Brad and Jeff, 
we have agreed, disagreed, 
played, worked, traveled and 
praised, always as a team. We 
have watched as a member of 
the team succeeded and listened 
when that member was hurt or 
frustrated. Thank you for 
always being there for me. 
There isn't a term that does 
justice to the memories and 
experiences we have had this 
year. 

To my advisors, Mr. 
Conklin and Mr. Joe Williams, 
thank you for pushing, prod- 
ding, leading, presenting and 

become involved in the FFA to 
develop myself. I am proud to 
say that I had the pleasure of 

30 



having you as an advisor, 
teacher and most of all . . . 
friend. 

To Mr. Rob Hovis, thank 
you for the fantastic year when I 
was a state officer and for 
always working to help our 
team reach its potential. 

And to Mr. Jim Scott, 
during my year you have 
always been supportive and 
available for whatever I needed. 
I could call late at night or early 
in the morning and you would 
always be there to help or just 
talk. I offer you my heartfelt 
thanks and gratitude. 

Now for the hardest thank- 
you of all. A thank-you to all of 
you that I've come in contact 
with this past year. I have had 
the proud privilege of being in 
Iowa, North Dakota and New 
Jersey for their state conven- 
tions, where I always felt right 
at home. I did the hula in 
Hawaii, much to the amuse- 
ment of 300 students and 
parents. I look back at pictures 
when I was dressed as an angel 
at the State Presidents' Confer- 
ence and in Kansas. I remember 
the 50th anniversary at my 
home chapter of Fairbanks 
where I always found support. 
I shared the 50th anniversary of 
chapters in Nashua, Iowa, and 
Clear Lake, Wisconsin, as well. 

I saw a chapter walk away 
with a new vision of what could 
be at a banquet in Bonifay, 
Florida. I still have bruises from 
the time I tried to show mem- 
bers in Montana how to ride a 
bull. Countless times I was 
amazed at the beauty of our 
country as I shared the sheer 
awe and power of the Rocky 
Mountains with FFA members 
from Meeteetse, Wyoming, and 
played volleyball by the ocean 
with members from the Carol- 
inas, Georgia and Florida. 
Leaving was something that 
came hard many rimes, except 
when I left Vermont due to the 
rapid approach of hi 
Hugo! There are too 
periences to try to 
I will treasure those 
when 1 was at my best, with 
you. 

I look back at those rimes 
and so many others, and 
remember the gleam and 
sparkle in those members' eyes. 
Those members were high on 
life and ready to take on the 
challenges that were to arise. 
Through your strength and 
your belief in tomorrow, I 
always felt confident in agricul- 
ture and in our country. 

My friends, it is time for 
someone new to present their 
vision and help lead this great 
organization. I know that you 
will show them the kindness, 
sincerity and love that you have 
shown me so much of. Keep the 
vision my friends, keep the 



The retiring addresses of 
Dana Soukup, Jeff Johnson, 
Jeff Isom, Jaye Hamby and 
Brad Chambliss were un- 
available at press deadline. 

Copies of the speeches 
will be mailed to each FFA 
chapter following the 
convention. The speeches 
are also available on 
videotape and may be pur- 
chased from the National 
FFA Supply Service. 



National 
Program of 
Activities 
Committee 

We have analyzed the 
national FFA program of 
activities and submit the 
following recommendations: 

1. Update the program of 
activities to comply with any 
changes to the National FFA 
Constitution. 

2. Continue efforts to 
strengthen ties with areas 
outside the continental United 
States, dealing primarily with 
the development of new state 
associations and international 
agricultural youth affiliates. 

3. Encourage the FFA to 
study the establishment of 
agribusiness, agriscience 
(research and technology), 
agri marketing, sales and 
service and job interview 
contests not related directly to 
production agriculture. 

4. Revise and broaden 
contests in conjunction with 
the broadening of agricultural 
education. 

5. Expand the interstate 
exchange program with the 
possibility of a work experi- 
ence program. 

6. Explore the creation of 
an international agricultural 
summit for youth in conjunc- 
tion with the national FFA 
convention. 

7. Explore the creation of a 
national FFA creed speaking 
contest. 

8. Develop a program 
within the program of activi- 
ties dealing specifically with 
junior high membership. 

9. Continue to supply 
delegate committee members 
with a report of action taken 
on the previous year's com- 
mittee recommendations. 

We commend the national 
FFA staff for keeping this 
document orderly and up to 
date. 

Respectfully submitted, 
Ernest Cummings, N.M. 

(C) 
Ann Powalski, Alaska 

(CO 
Betsy Miller, Vt. (S) 
James Davis, 111. 
Cindy Fannon, Va. 
John Gladden, Ala. 
Denise Vasconcelles, 

Hawaii 
Daniel Velazquez, V.I. 
C. Coleman Harris 
(Consultant) 




FFA — LEADING THE CHALLENGE 



KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI 



National FFA Supply Service 
Committee 



National FFA Adult Leadership 



We commend the National 
FFA Supply Service on yet 
another successful year of 
providing high-quality 
products, exceptional service 
and improvements. We also 
commend the service on being 
more responsive to the pro- 
gressive needs of our member- 
ship. 

We recommend the fol- 
lowing new products: 

• Official corduroy FFA 
jacket with attachments for 
chain placement and adjust- 
ments to avoid the zipper tab 
showing. 

• FFA women's fashion 
hosiery. 

• Golden FFA pinky rings. 

• FFA ankle bracelet. 

• Woven FFA friendship 
bracelet. 

• Women's wallet. 

• FFA self-stick removable 
notes. 

• Laminated FFA member- 
ship cards. 

• Parents' FFA bumper 
stickers. 

• FFA giftwrap. 

• New FFA letter opener. 

• Personalized FFA station- 
ery (envelopes, letterhead 
stationery and memo pads). 

• Show sleeve protector. 

• Women advisors' scarf. 

• Colored T-shirts and polo 
shirts for advisors. 

• FFA squeeze light. 

• FFA pen flashlight. 
We deem necessary the 

following improvements and/ 
or revisions of existing prod- 
ucts. 

• Improve quality of FFA tie 
by installing button plackets. 

• Lengthen the brass collar 
bar and women's waterfall 
scarf. 

• Increase durability of 
jewelry and accessories. 

• Make available multicolor 
FFA roll bags with emblem. 

• Update style of sun- 
glasses. 

• Make both traditional and 
modern versions of officers' 
symbols available for pur- 
chase. 



• Review and update 
existing audiovisual and 
program materials. 

We suggest discontinuing 
the following items. 

• Camouflage travel bags, 
watches and suspenders. 

• FFA stadium blankets. 

• FFA show vests. 

We suggest the following 
improvements, revisions and 
additions for the catalog 
layout. 

• Revise the catalog cover 
by incorporating national 
officers and/or the national 
FFA theme. 

• Continue the new product 
directory on the back cover. 

• Highlight various catego- 
ries on the film page. 

• Publicize the metals and 
awards plaques. 

• Provide a service number 
for customized items not listed 
in the catalog. 

We encourage all chapters 
to purchase from the supply 
service. We request that all 
state FFA associations, at all 
times, promote the purchase of 
products from the supply 
service. We urge that the 
National FFA Supply Service 
continue to work closely with 
manufacturers to help insure 
the highest qualify of products 
available to FFA members. 

We believe these recom- 
mendations are in the best 
interests of our organization 
for providing high-quality 
products to members. Our 
sincerest thanks to Dennis 
Shafer and )an Brown for their 
immeasurable guidance, 
genuine support, input and 
overall assistance in making 
these decisions. 
Respectfully submitted, 

Joseph B. Cooley, Mo. (C) 

Thca R. Slack, Wyo. (CO 

Matthew J. Lohr, Va. (S) 

Glenn Cook, Wash. 

Melanie Hundley, Kan. 

Christine E. Lucero, Mass. 

Brian Young, Calif. 

Jan Brown (Consultant) 

Dennis Shafer 
(Consultant) 




Board of 
Directors 

Larry D. Case, Chairman. National 
FFA Advisor. Division of Vocational- 
Technical Education. US. 
Department of Education, 
Washington. DC. 
C. Coleman Harris, Secretary, 
National FFA Executive Secretary, 
Division of Vocational-Technical 
Education, U.S. Department of 
Education, Washington, D.C. 
David A. Miller, Treasurer, National 
FFA Treasurer, Supervisor of 
Vocational Education and Industnai 
Arts, Carroll County Public Schools, 
Westminster, Md. 

Duane M. Nielsen, Deputy Director, 
Division ol National Programs, US 
Department of Education, 
Washington, D.C. 

Leslie L. Thompson, Branch Chiel, 
Slate Administration Branch, Division 
of Vocational-Technical Education. 
US. Department of Education, 
Washington, D.C. 
David M. Coffey, Associate 
Professor, (USDE Representative) 
Agriculture/Agribusiness Division, 
Western Kentucky University, 
Bowling Green, Ky. 
William T. Woody, Agriculture 
Teacher (USDE Representative), 
Lorena, Texas 

John Denmark, Slale Program 
Director, Agribusiness and Natural 
Resources Education, State 
Department of Education, 
Tallahassee, Fla. 

Leonard Lombardl, State Specialist, 
Agricultural Education, Office of 
Public Instruction, Helena, Wont. 
Terry W. Helman, Slale Director, 
Agricultural Education, State 
Department of Education, Jefferson 
City, Mo. 

Donald L. Michael, Slate Supervisor, 
Agncullural Educalion, Bureau of 
Vocational-Technical & Adult 
Education. Charleston, W.Va. 

Consultants 

Duane Watkins, President, NVATA, 
Thermopolis, Wyo. 
Douglas Spike, President Elect, 
NVATA, Bloomlield Hills, Mich. 
Tom Parker, Vice President, NVATA, 
Torringlon, Wyo. 

Fred Stillwagen, Wee President, 
NVATA, Allentown, Pa. 
W. Wade Miller, Associate 
Prolessor, Agricultural Education, 
Iowa State University, Ames. Iowa 
Stacy A. Gartin, Assistant Prolessor, 



Agncultural Education. West Virginia 
University, Morgantown, W.Va. 
Barbara J. Malpiedi, Assistant 
Prolessor, Agncultural Educalion, 
North Carolina State University, 
Raleigh, N.C. 

Joseph Cvancara, Prolessor, 
Agricultural Education, Washington 
Stale University, Pullman, Wash. 
Mickey McCall, Past National FFA 
Officer, Balsam Grove. N.C. 

Foundation 
Board of 
Trustees 

Larry D. Case, President, Division ol 
Vocational-Technical Education, U.S. 
Department ol Education, 
Washington, D.C. 
C. Coleman Harris, Secretary, 
Division of Vocational-Technical 
Education, U.S. Department of 
Education, Washington, DC. 
David A. Miller, Treasurer, 
Supervisor of Vocational Education 
and Industrial Arts, Carroll County 
Public Schools. Westminster, Md 
Duane M. Nielsen, Vice President, 
Deputy Director, Division ol National 
Programs, U.S. Department of 
Education, Washington, D.C. 
Nicholas C. Babson, Chairman and 
President, Babson Bros. CoVSURGE, 
Naperville, III. 

Robert W. Reynolds, Vice 
President. North America, Monsanto 
Agricultural Company, St. Louis, Mo. 
Thomas J. Hennesy, Chairman, 
TSC Industries, Inc., Nashville, Tenn. 
David Coffey, Associate Prolessor, 
Agnculture/Agribusiness Education 
Division, (USDE Representalive) 
Western Kentucky University, 
Bowling Green, Ky. 
Duane Watkins, President, NVATA, 
Thermopolis, Wyo. 
Douglas Spike, President Elect, 
NVATA, Bloomfield Hills, Mich. 
Stacy A. Gartin, Assistant Professor, 
Agncultural Education, West Virginia 
University, Morganlown, W.Va. 
Terry W. Helman, Slale Director, 
Agncultural Education, Slate 
Department ol Education, Jefferson 
City, Mo. 

Donald L. Michael, Slate Supervisor, 
Agncultural Education, Bureau of 
Vocational-Technical Education, 
Charleston, W.Va. 
John Denmark, Slate Program 
Director. Agnbusiness and Natural 
Resources Education, State 
Department of Education, 
Tallahassee, Fla. 



Leonard Lombardl, Stale Specialist. 
Agricultural Education, Office of 
Public Instruction, Helena. Mont. 
Joseph Cvancara, Professor, 
Agricultural Education, Washington 
Stale University, Pullman, Wash. 
K. C. Beavers III, Slate FFA 
Executive Secretary, Stale 
Department of Public Instruction, 
Raleigh, N.C. 

William McGrew, Stale FFA 
Executive Secretary, State 
Department ol Educalion, Jackson, 
Miss. 

Dana Soukup, National FFA 
President. Lincoln, Neb. 



National FFA 
Center Staff 

Larry D. Case, National Advisor 

C. Coleman Harris, National 

Executive Secretary 

David A. Miller, National Treasurer 

Wilson W. Carnes, Administrative 

Director, FFA 

Robert W. Cox, Executive Director, 

National FFA Alumni Association 

Ted Amick, Program Specialist, 

Contesls 

Robert Seeteldt, Program Speciatisl, 

Awards 

Tony Hoyt, Program Specialist, 

Leadership and Personal 

Development 

Marshall Stewart, Program 

Specialist, Membership Development 

Bill Stagg, Director ol Inlormalion 

Lennle H. Gamage, Program 

Specialist, International and 

Organizational Development 

John M. Pltzer, Senior Editor/ 

Electronic Communications, FFA 

New Horizons 

Glenn D. Luedke, Director ol 

Advertising, FFA New Horizons 

Andrew Markwart, Managing Editor, 

FFA New Horizons 

Dennis Shafer, Director, National 

FFA Supply Service 

George Verzagl, Director, 

Agricultural Career Show 



National FFA 

Foundation 

Staff 

Bernle Staller, Executive Director 
Jeff Brazo, Regional Director 
Melanie Burgess, Regional Director 
Doug Butler, Regional Director 
Gwynne Tlngley, Regional Director 



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FFA — LEADING THE CHALLENGE 



KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI 



1989-90 National 
FFA Officers 



Donnell Brown, a 20-ycar-old from Throckmor- 
ton, Texas, was elected national FFA president. The 
son of Rob and Peggy Brown, Donnell is a member of 
the Throckmorton FFA Chapter. His local advisor is 
Bill Bredemeyer. 

Brown's FFA leadership experience includes 
service as chapter, area and state president. He has 
participated in numerous leadership conferences as 
well as extemporaneous speaking and judging 
contests. 

Brown's Supervised Agricultural Experience 
Program uses the latest technological advances, such 
as embryo transfer, in raising registered beef cattle. 
He also has an extensive quarter horse operation. 

Brown, a sophomore majoring in animal business, 
will take a one-year leave of absence from Texas Tech 
University to fulfill his duties as national president. 
After graduation, he plans to join the family's farm- 
ing operation. 

Scott Crouch, a 20-year-old from Cicero, Ind., was 
elected national FFA secretary. The son of Robert E. 
Crouch and Cheryl Ann Walsh, Scott is a member of 
the Tipton FFA Chapter. His local advisors are Guy 
Kirby, Hank Carson and George Price. 

Crouch has served as state secretary, district 
secretary and president, and chapter treasurer and 
president. He participated in public speaking, agri- 
cultural judging and community service activities. 

Crouch's Supervised Agricultural Experience 
Program includes swine production and horse man- 
agement. He worked as a program assistant for the 
Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service and 
as a broadcaster for WEW2 radio. 

Crouch will take a year's leave of absence from 
Purdue University, where he is carrying a dual major 
in agricultural education and community develop- 
ment. He hopes to attend graduate school to become 
an administrator for a school system or government 
agency. 

William Henricksen, a 21-year-old from DeWitt, 
Iowa, was elected national FFA vice president for the 
central region. The son of Patricia Henricksen and the 
late Donald Henricksen, Bill is a member of the 
DeWitt Central FFA Chapter. His local advisor is 
Daniel Smicker. 

Before being named national vice president, 
Henricksen served as state vice president and held 
offices on the chapter and district levels. He has 
participated in numerous leadership workshops, 
agricultural sales and job interview contests, judging 
contests and proficiency award competitions. 

For his Supervised Agricultural Experience 
Program, Henricksen operates his family's 368-acre 
farm. With a minimum of hired help, he runs the 
entire operation from purchasing all inputs and 
planting to harvesting. 

Henricksen, a junior majoring in agricultural 
business, will take a one-year leave of absence from 
Iowa State University to fulfill his duties as national 
vice president. He plans a career in agribusiness. 




Donnell Brown 

National President 



Scott Crouch 
National Secretary 



William Hendricksen 
Vice President 
Central Region 



Casey Isom 
National President 
Western Region 





Dan Schxoer, a 20-year-old from New Bremen, 
Ohio, was elected national FFA vice president for the 
eastern region. The son of James and Martha Schroer, 
Dan is a member of the New Bremen FFA Chapter. 
His local advisor is Tom Roetgerman. 

Schroer previously served as state president and 
sectional vice president. He has participated in 
numerous FFA activities, including prepared and 
extemporaneous public speaking contests, skills 
contests and leadership workshops. 

Schroer's Supervised Agricultural Experience 
Program includes work experience at ABN Radio & 
Television, the Ohio State Fair, the Ohio Department 
of Education, Agricultural Education Service and 
placement on several area farms. He also had a frui' 
and vegetable production enterprise. 

Schroer, a sophomore majoring in agricultural 
education and agricultural economics at Ohio State 
University, will take a one-year leave of absence to 
fulfill his duties. He plans to become a secondary 
agricultural education instructor. 

Bradley Lewis, 21 , of Elkmont, Ala., was elected 
national FFA vice president of the southern region. 
The son of Wayne and Annette Lewis, Brad is a 
member of the Elkmont FFA Chapter. His local 
advisor is Randy Blacklidge. 

In Alabama, Lewis served as state president, 
district president and district reporter. He also held 
the offices of chapter reporter and student advisor 
and participated in leadership workshops, public 
speaking contests and dairy contests. 

Lewis' Supervised Agricultural Experience Pro- 
gram included agricultural construction and mainte- 
nance and agricultural electrification. During high 
school, he worked for a construction company that 
specialized in the building of farm homes, bams, 
stables and machine shops. 

As a junior in agricultural education at Auburn 
University, Lewis will take a one-year leave of 
absence to fulfill his duties. After graduation, he 
plans to attend law school and pursue a career in 
teaching or agribusiness. 

Casey Isom, 19, of Fruitland, Idaho, was elected 
national FFA vice president of the western region. He 
is the son of Waldon and Patricia Isom and the 
brother of the 1988-89 holder of that office. He is a 
member of the Fruitland FFA Chapter, where the 
local advisor is Dwaine Tesnohlidek. 

Before being elected national vice president, Isom 
served as state president, federation president, and 
chapter vice president and secretary. He has partici- 
pated in numerous leadership workshops, speaking 
contests and judging contests. 

Isom's Supervised Agricultural Experience Pro- 
gram includes management of a cattle operation with 
pasture and alfalfa hay acreage. 

He will take a one-year leave of absence from 
Brigham Young University, where he is majoring in 
international relations, to fulfill his duties as national 
vice president. Isom plans to pursue a career in 
government foreign service. 



National Officer Candidates 



National officer candidate 
reception sponsored by 
Mobay Corporation, 
Agricultural Chemicals 
Division 

Six new national officers 
were selected by a nominating 
committee from an outstanding 
field of candidates. All 35 inter- 
view participants took part in a 
challenging process designed to 
assist the committee in nominat- 



ing a team that would serve 
together well for the coming 
year. 

ALABAMA: Bradley K. Lewis, Elkmont 
ARIZONA: Tami M. Austin, Mesa 
ARKANSAS: Jennifer J. Barber, Lake City 
CALIFORNIA: Kathy Almond, Rio Oso 
COLORADO: Brent Newbanks, Yuma 
FLORIDA: Sonja Jo Mullins, Sparr 
GEORGIA: Scott Johnson, Covington 
IDAHO: Casey N. Isom, Fruitland 
ILLINOIS: Corey B, Torrance, Good Hope 
INDIANA: Scott E, Crouch, Cicero 



IOWA: William J. Henricksen, DeWitt 
KANSAS: Dennis Fry, Fort Scott 
MAINE: Lynwood C. Winslow, Presque Isle 
MICHIGAN: Michele L. Payn, Jonesville 
MINNESOTA: Barbara VanZomeren, 

Alexandria 
MISSISSIPPI: Shawn L. Oliver, Weir 
MISSOURI: Debra J. Powell, Reeds 
MONTANA: Sara Hougen, Melstone 
NEBRASKA: Julie D. Classen, Ayr 
NEVADA: Jennifer K. DeVries, Reno 
NEW MEXICO: Randy 8. Bouldin, Portales 
NORTH CAROLINA: James S, McLamb, 

Angier 



NORTH DAKOTA: Will J. MacDonald, 

Bismarck 
OHIO: Dan Schroer, New Bremen 
OREGON: Scott Ruby, Scio 
PENNSYLVANIA: Mark R. Anderson, Dover 
SOUTH CAROLINA: Patrick E. Settle, Inman 
SOUTH DAKOTA: Kevin J. Albrecht, Manon 
TENNESSEE: Shane M. Williams, Riceville 
TEXAS: Donnell Brown, Throckmorton 
UTAH: Greg P. Miner, Springvile 
VIRGINIA: Scot E. Lilly, Elkton 
WASHINGTON: Michael S. Brownlee, Granger 
WISCONSIN: Jon Anderson, Montfort 
WYOMING: Joey L. Johnson, Newcastle